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The Alexanian Story
Alexanian's has been in business since 1925, and we have a long and colourful history which started with our founder Aris Alexanian. Aris was a dynamic individual who was dedicated to his customers and staff. It was he who set the tone for the Alexanian company and inspired its growth and continuing commitment to customer service.
In the Beginning-1925
Alexanian's was started by Aris Alexanian in Hamilton, Ontario. After working as a teacher for orphaned Armenian children in Georgetown Ontario, he used his connections in the carpet business to open his first store on King Street, specializing in imported handknotted oriental rugs from around the world. Eventually Aris did his own carpet buying and travelled the Middle East and India extensively.
A short highlight film from Aris Alexanian's travels to the Middle East and India from 1948 to 1960. 2 minutes.
Alexanian travelled extensively to the Middle East and India to buy carpets. At the time few people ventured to these exotic lands, and his trips were a source of local interest, and often chronicled in The Hamilton Spectator. He recorded his adventures with a 16 mm movie camera. Upon his return he would lecture to local community groups and show films from his travels. By 1958 Aris claimed to have travelled 304,000 miles outside the country since WW II.
Service, Service, Service
Aris built a reputation for great service. It was one of his mantras. When quality oriental carpets were hard to obtain during World War II, he was forced to sell lower quality rugs. After the war he offered to replace these carpets with ones of better quality. 1n 1946 Aris started a cleaning company to service the products Alexanians's sold.
The Changing Times
When broadloom carpet appeared in the 1950's, Alexanian's expanded their offerings to include this new and exciting product. Since then, Alexanian's has always kept up with the latest flooring trends. During this time Aris' sons, Aram and Armen joined the company. His third son Albert, joined soon after.
New stores were added in Ottawa and Kitchener. In the coming years stores in St. Catharines, Brantford, London, Burlington, Mississauga, Guelph, Toronto, Newmarket and Whitby were added.
It's All About the Team
It's the strength of the Alexanian team that facilitates our success and long tradition of service. It's through the dedication of our staff that we are able to deliver a level of peerless service to our customers. Many years ago Aris implemented a policy of giving employees a trip around the world for 25 years service. That gesture continues to this day.
Alexanian head office staff circa 1985.
Today Alexanian's offers a full range of flooring products including: tile, hardwood, laminates, vinyl, cork, and even window covering - all to meet the decorating demands of our customers.
Today the excellent service continues with a 3rd and 4th generation of Alexanian's joining the team, along with the continued dedication of our committed staff. There are 18 Alexanian locations and web store ready to serve you.
Alexanian Web Store
Alexanian's has been selling rugs over the internet since 1999, and has shipped rugs to every Canadian province and territory, and many American states. The internet store was a natural evolution of the company as a source of information and online catalogue for our local customers, and a source for quality area rugs for customers across Canada and the US.
Aris Alexanian, Guy Magakian
With so many great staff members over the years it is hard to single out anyone in particular. A few people do come to mind, and more will be added in future.