November 18, 2012

Lee Appliance in business more than 50 years

PLATTSBURGH — Lee Appliance Company has been in business for more than 50 years.

The store, presently owned by Gary Bertrand and his wife, Shelley, opened in 1960. During the ensuing years, it has evolved from a small-appliance store located on Margaret Street to a premier kitchen, appliance, carpet, tile and flooring center.

Located at 593 Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh, Lee Appliance has 19 employees. They have about 20,000 square feet of space under the main roof as well as additional storage in the back.

Bertrand said the flooring part of the business has grown steadily over the years.

“Appliances are now the smallest part of our business,” Bertrand said, adding that they carry more high-end appliances as a result.

Flooring choices include ceramic tile, luxury vinyl tile, carpet and hardwood and laminate flooring.

“If it goes on the floor, we probably have it,” he said.

Some of the employees in the Flooring Department have more than 30 years experience. 

Luxury vinyl tile seems to be the new hot item, Bertrand said. Ceramic tile also remains very popular.

The flooring section has hardwood products from companies such as Kahrs, Mohawk and Armstrong and laminate products from companies such as Mohawk, Shaw, Armstrong and Bruce.

Bertrand said Kahrs has offered floating hardwood flooring since 1857. An engineered flooring system is a  necessity for radiant-heat applications. 

The company’s property is packed full of display space. The northern portion features about 15 kitchen displays, complete with appliances and cabinets.

Bertrand said they have three kitchen designers on staff. That includes John Mayette, who is a Certified Kitchen Designer.

In addition to the work to acquire certification, he undergoes constant training to stay up to date on the latest techniques on renovating or designing a home.

He said the company’s next move seems to be toward doing more in the bathroom side of the business, such as walk-in showers. They already have one large walk-in display.

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