Some people might find it hard to believe that a simple television repair shop could one day become an 180,000-square-foot furniture showroom, but what Johnny Janosik started in 1953 after a stint in the Navy has become just that, thanks to hard work and a commitment to customer service.
Janosik added TV sales to his repair work and then decided to sell some furniture. Nearly 60 years later, the company he started has stores in Laurel (expanded in 2006) and Dover (its newer location). It serves customers in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey through a variety of methods. Customers can shop online, go to the stores or have Johnny Janosik’s decorators come to them.
Location: 11151 Trussum Pond Road, Laurel, Del. 19956
Industry: Furniture retail
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“We do a lot of commercial design for hotels and businesses,” said Lori Janosik Morrison, the company’s president.
Morrison is most proud of how the store was able to weather the economic downturn last decade in an industry that depends on discretionary purchases. She credits a close eye on expenses and the hiring of consultant — and now part owner — David Koehler for keeping things moving forward.
The result is a company that serves a variety of customers and has a strong reputation nationwide. It was named one of the top 100 furniture stores in the country by Furniture Today Magazine and was also recognized as one of the Power 50 Retailers by Home Furnishings Business Magazine.
And it all started with TV repair.