Discount Furniture and Bedding in Fredonia, NY
Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture and Bedding was founded in 1972. To fully understand how our furniture store got off the ground; however, you have to go back to 1970, when Ron Pucci and his father Carl Pucci started a business at the corner of Main Street and Chestnut Street in Fredonia NY At that time, Ron was splitting his time working at Alleghany Ludlum Steel in Dunkirk, NY and the West Hill Delicatessen.
In 1970, the Pucci’s were in the process of carpeting the apartments above the delicatessen. Ron was a young entrepreneur with little money who had just recently had his second child. Ron was looking to save some money, so he researched and discovered that if he had a business certificate and a tax ID number he could buy his carpet at wholesale. In an attempt to buy carpet at wholesale prices, Ron took is tax ID from the delicatessen and formed a business on paper. That business was Pucci Carpets.
The Origin of Our Home Furniture Store
During that time, Ron would often drive to the Buffalo Market to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables for the deli. One day on his way back home, Ron stopped at Stuart Lehrman, a local carpet distributor. Though the distributor initially questioned whether Ron was actually a practicing retailer, he eventually let Ron buy the wholesale carpets. As Ron was walking out the door he heard the man behind the counter yell, “Hey, wait a minute!” Ron thought to himself "I almost had it, they must have figured me out." Much to Ron’s surprise, the guy walked over and said, “You can’t just buy these rolls without taking the samples that go with them.” Ron was so relieved. Afterward, with his carpet rolls and samples in hand, Ron made his way back to Fredonia.
When he got back to the delicatessen and looked at the carpet samples in his truck Ron thought, “What am I going to do with these things?” He took the samples out and placed them in front of the deli meat counter just to get them out of the way. In Ron’s haste to install the carpets, he left the samples at the delicatessen. Over the next few days, customers came in with many questions about the carpet samples. During the week that followed, Ron actually started selling more carpet than lunchmeat!
Our Furniture Store’s Expansion
Ron took a chance in the fall of 1972 and Pucci’s World of Carpet was officially born. Ron quit working at the steel plant and opened his new business just down the street from the delicatessen. Soon thereafter, Ron’s wife, Michelene, formerly a school teacher, joined the business as well. With Michelene’s help, Pucci's expanded into furniture and bedding. Michelene was instrumental in building the home furniture business into what is today.
Michelene’s decorative touch helped the business grow at that location for the next 10 years until the couple decided to relocate to their current location at 112 West Main Street. They renovated an old warehouse and turned it into a home furniture showroom. Since then, Pucci’s has grown to be the leader in home furnishings in the Fredonia, NY area.
Meet Our Entire Furniture Store Team
Michael Pucci joined the family business in the early 90s. With Michael’s help, Pucci’s become a more well-rounded furniture store with a larger furniture inventory and product line. In the mid-90s, Pucci’s joined the nation’s largest buying groups in furniture and flooring. Taking the business to the next level through national buying power, Pucci’s aligned with buying groups Furniture First and Carpet One. Pucci’s also made alliances with some of the top bedding companies in the country, including Sealy, Simmons, Tempur-Pedic and 1-800-Mattress. The business soon became "Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture and Bedding" and encompassed a wide variety of furniture selections and choices.
Todd Schafer joined the team in the late 90s and took over commercial flooring sales at our home furnishings store. Todd expanded the business into servicing the commercial field and he currently services Erie, Buffalo, Jamestown, and its surrounding areas. Todd is also our home furniture store’s IT director.
Ray Grant moved to Fredonia in the fall of 1999 and he specializes in measurements and flooring sales. Ray is the flooring manager at Pucci’s and he is the expert on residential measurements.
Chris Kennedy is the bookkeeper and problem solver at our discount home furniture store. Chris is detail-oriented and thorough and his tireless work ethic is one of the reasons why Pucci’s is so successful today.
Donna Frost and Robin Frazita are our skilled furniture sales professionals. Both are great assets to our furniture sales floor.
Jim Schofield and Chad Fiebelcorn are our furniture outlet’s warehouse managers.
What Our Discount Furniture Outlet Stands For
Here at Pucci’s, we are confident that we have the best home furnishing products in the Fredonia, NY area and beyond. Ron said, "Our goal has always been to offer the best available products at the best possible prices to the Dunkirk/Fredonia community and its surrounding areas." Over the last 37 years, Pucci’s home furniture and bedding store has seen a lot of changes, and we expect to see many more in the next 37 years. At Pucci’s, we continue to look for ways to save our customers money and provide them with furniture products and services that they can trust. We are proud to be Northern Chautauqua County’s leader in quality home furnishings!