ABC Carpet & Home: 100 years in the making
September 16, 2002,
The ABC Carpet & Home phenomenon only took a hundred years to happen.
Sam Weinrib arrived in New York from Austria in 1897 and started selling used carpet and linoleum from a pushcart on Manhattan's lower East Side. His son, Max, turned the pushcart into a floor covering store. Max's son, Jerome, moved the store to 881 Broadway at 19th Street.
In the post-World War II years, ABC was a single-unit carpet shop in a neighborhood whose glory days seemed to be over. Across the street from ABC was a dilapidated structure that once had been an architectural jewel, the old W&J Sloane building.
Jerome "Jerry" Weinrib recalled his father's stories about Ladies Mile and envisioned a rebirth of that shopping area. At the center of this activity he saw ... ABC Carpet & Home.
By the early 1990s, that dream had became reality.
An ABC Outlet store opened in Delray, Fla., in the mid '90s, and a new warehouse unit opened recently in Hackensack, N.J. ABC also operates a huge warehouse store in the Bronx and a large leased rug department in the famed Harrod's department store in London.
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