Carbone Carpets to shut showroom, consolidate
Scotia warehouse to remain open
GLENVILLE Carbone Carpets is closing its Freemans Bridge Road location in Glenville to consolidate all its operations at its Scotia warehouse site, which will remain open.
Owner John Carbone said he has sold the building at 169 Freemans Bridge Road to Mohawk Honda, which bought the adjacent apartment building that Carbone owned as well.
“They’re going to knock it down and use it for used cars,” he said.
All operations will merge into Carbone’s warehouse space at 301 Craigie Ave. in Scotia, which will serve as both as a warehouse and showroom. The target date for the move is by May 1.
There will be less wasted space at the Scotia location, which sales associate Chris Depeaux said is where the company did all of its rug cleaning and repairing and stored some of its inventory. “We’re going to clean out and remodel,” he said.
The Freemans Bridge location is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The business employs four people and Carbone is always there, according to Depeaux.
“He comes to work six days a week,” he said.
At 91 years old, Carbone said he is going to try to slow down a little bit, but wants to keep going. “It’s hard to retire when you’ve got a business,” he said.
“I’ve got nice employees. I don’t want to lose them,” he added.
Mohawk Honda President Jeff Haraden did not return a message left for comment.
Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said the business needed to expand because of its growth.
The business in 2011 opened its $7 million, 41,000-square-foot dealership at the former Salisbury Chevrolet, which lost its franchise in July 2009. The Glenville location was more than three times the size of Mohawk Honda’s old location on State Street in Schenectady.
Glenville Town Planner Mike Burns said no plans have been submitted yet for the expansion. He added that the business currently cannot store all its cars on its lot and has inventory at the former Scotia Motors site on Mohawk Avenue.
“Obviously, it makes it a lot more convenient in one location,” he said.