“Floors are the foundation of your home. So we take them pretty seriously.” So begins the philosophy of Carpet Plus. As an anchor business of McIntire Plaza, Carpet Plus occupies some 4,000 square feet of retail and warehouse space at this active Charlottesville business park. Founded in 1987 by Duane Cassis, Carpet Plus has been meeting the flooring demands of Charlottesville and the surrounding communities for nearly 25 years.
Duane worked for a year with a flooring contractor before deciding that he could be more successful on his own. Initially, he just served property management companies. Back then he worked out of a warehouse on Harris Street. Duane came to McIntire Plaza 16 years ago starting with a small 600 sq. ft. storage space. Upon moving to his current location at 1739 Allied Street, Suite A, he took what was then a large warehouse space and slowly built a beautiful showroom and retail store which offers flooring products ranging from the simple & inexpensive to the intricate & luxurious.
Also upon coming to McIntire Plaza, Duane hired a part-time office assistant who would not only become a full-time employee but also his business partner, co-owner and wife of 12 years, Cindy Adams. Together, they have built Carpet Plus into one of the leading floor covering retailers in the area. Carpet Plus was named Retailer of the Year in 2010 by the World Floor Covering Association. In addition, this year Carpet Plus was the first recipient of the FCW’s Green-Step award which recognizes leadership in green retailing.
Through Carpet Plus, Duane and Cindy are also very involved in the community. For the past 2 years Carpet Plus has been a sponsor of First Night Virginia. Both Duane and Cindy serve on the First Night Board of Directors. They also began a cork recycling program, Re-Cork C’Ville, in 2009. This program recycles thousands of corks each month. There are currently 62 recycling boxes around the area in restaurants, vineyards, grocery stores and markets. They also have had sales which a portion of the proceeds went to breast cancer research and the SPCA.
Charlottesville is fortunate to have a business such as Carpet Plus and business owners such as Duane and Cindy who give so much back to the community. So the next time you’re in the market for floor coverings of any kind come to Carpet Plus located in McIntire Plaza. You’ll not only work with flooring professionals but also a company that cares about the community in which it serves.