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The History of Coyle Carpet One Floor & Home

A family business with humble beginnings is now a Madison mainstay for home essentials.
By Shelby Deering

There are some companies that stand the test of time—Coyle Carpet One Floor & Home counts itself lucky to be one of those companies.

Marketing Director Michelle Niemeyer shares historic details around the founding, saying that the business was first started in 1945 by none other than Irene and Edward Coyle. Ed was in Germany during World War II, and with a background in law, he was asked to stay after the war ended to assist with the Nuremberg Trials. Back in Madison, Irene awaited his return and transitioned into becoming a self-made woman. Alongside her father-in-law, Irene purchased Price Hardware, located on Park Street. Ed came home in 1946, and together they ran the business and started a family.

Specializing in hardware, cabinets, appliances and carpentry material, the couple saw their business grow, and in 1963, they constructed a new building at 250 West Beltline Highway—which continues to be the store location to this day. It was renamed Coyle Building & Supplies, and Ed hired someone with a flooring background that piqued his own interest in flooring. Other products were phased out as carpet took over as the focal point of the business.

In the late 1970’s, three of the Coyle siblings—Pat, Mike and Tim—purchased the store from their parents. In 1986, the company joined forces with Carpet One. And in the late 1980’s, Pat and Mike purchased Tim’s shares and became the sole owners and partners of what is now called Coyle Carpet One Floor & Home. The latest development took place in 2008, when the company began to offer cabinets and countertops.

And it’s still a family operation. Pat’s son Tom works as the General Manager. Mike’s son Danny is the Controller. Everyone at the company is proud to say that three generations have fostered the growth of Coyle.

Coyle continues to grow, thanks in part to being a member of the Carpet One co-op. Niemeyer explains, "Being a co-op means this store is a local business that is owned and operated right here, and it’s part of a network of other independent stores just like it. Being part of a co-op gives our store the scale and buying power of over 1,000 stores. Our membership helps to bring great products and prices as well as our local services to the community."

Coyle values its role in serving the local community. Niemeyer shares the sentiment of the company’s “shop local” philosophy, saying, “The dollars spent at a local establishment remain in the community and strengthens the community. It keeps the local economy strong. You are supporting your neighbors, literally. Local businesses create jobs and the community stays unique—shopping local ensures your community is not filled with chains.”

Although Coyle offers cutting-edge products and services—expert consultants, the Healthier Living Flooring Installation System, a Lifetime Installation Guarantee—they continue to pride themselves as locally-owned and operated by a family who lives in the Madison community. Now that’s something that’s worthy of a legacy.

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