June 12, 2006
Floors Galore! opens in Cokato
By Roz Kohls
Floors Galore! of Cokato gets its carpets straight from the major manufacturers, such as Shaw, Mohawk and Beau Lieu, so there’s no “middleman” to raise prices for their customers.
Floors Galore! owner, Gregg Halonen of Dassel, said this makes the store’s prices very competitive. Floors Galore! is at 500 W. Cokato St., Ste. 4., and sells not only carpet, but also laminate, hardwood or engineered floors, vinyl, ceramic tile and commercial flooring.
Floors Galore! also is a TriLite Stone dealer, said Halonen, a 1979 Dassel Cokato High School graduate. TriLite is a manufactured stone for both indoor and outdoor use. It comes in many types and varieties of color, so it can be used more creatively than regular stone, he said.
The store opened in November, but it will have its official grand opening all through June, with special deals and drawings.
Halonen’s daughter, Jenna Kantola of Cokato, is one of Floors Galore! sales representatives. Kristen Triplett of Cokato is the other sales representative. The store’s estimator is Chuck Hagberg of Montrose. He has more than 25 years in the flooring business, Kantola said.
Halonen has always been in the construction business, so helping people finish new or remodeled homes with flooring is a natural extension for him. He has owned H&S Drywall, west of Cokato, since 1989, he said.
Halonen enjoys “just working with people who are looking at doing something new,” he said.
Triplett also likes “seeing the satisfaction of the finished product,” on the customers’ faces, she added.
The most popular type of carpet since they opened Floors Galore! seems to be patterned Berber, Kantola said. Often the customers have families with children. Flooring is a major purchase so they’re looking at a product that wears well, or is stain resistant, Kantola said.
There are a vast number of styles, fashions, types, and colors of flooring so it has been fun and challenging “learning the ins and outs” of the floor covering and manufactured stone business, said Halonen, who is married to Suzanne, a bookkeeper at Mykkanen Foster Waivered Services.
Triplett agreed it is surprising “how much there is to getting a new floor.”