Tread on me: Packard Discount Carpet & Vinyl provides Nevada County’s flooring needs for 22 years | TheUnion.com

Tread on me: Packard Discount Carpet & Vinyl provides Nevada County’s flooring needs for 22 years

From left, Sam Osborn, Gary Daley, Jason Kenyon and Adam Johnson of Packard Discount Carpet & Vinyl in Grass Valley.

In 1977, Greg Daley was only a couple of years out of high school when he began installing carpets. Little did he know the new job would lead him into the carpet profession for the next 40 years.

Despite spending 30 years in shipping and receiving at the SPD market in Grass Valley, Daley continued through the years to install carpets on the side. When he finally retired from SPD, he was well positioned to go back into the carpet business full-time.

Today, Daley oversees daily operations at Packard Discount Carpet & Vinyl on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. The 22-year-old business, located in a former 1930s Packard auto dealership showroom, has expanded its original goal of simply selling carpet.

"Trends have definitely shifted," said Daley. "Back in the '70s everyone wanted green shag or rust orange carpets — and people were still carpeting their bathrooms."

Today, not only have carpet materials improved when it comes to variety and quality, the company has expanded to include a wide selection of flooring options, including laminate, vinyl plank, hardwood and waterproof flooring.

"We take pride in having the biggest stock and variety in town," said Daley. "We are a full-service store. By buying carpet and other flooring materials in bulk, we're able to offer discount prices."

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Unlike many stores that only offer sample books and swatches, at the Grass Valley store customers are welcomed into the back warehouse where they can touch and view scores of stock rolls. If they find something they like, rugs can be cut and bound on site and delivered the next day. Many customers also bring in their own rugs for binding from as far as Yuba City and Auburn, added Daley, as the next closest facility is in Sacramento.

For more than two decades, Packard Discount Carpet & Vinyl has maintained scores of contracts with regional real estate agents, property managers, assisted living facilities and others. But a growing percentage of their customer base is now "do-it-yourselfers," or DIYs, said Daley.

"We sell all the supplies needed for DIYs," said Daley. "We're geared for them — we point them in the right direction, educate them on their options. We sell everything you need for installation. We call it 'cash and carry' — come in, buy, take it home and do it yourself."

Materials for sale include trowels, tack strip, seaming tape, stair tools, tack strip cutters, wall trimmers, glue, carpet pads and more. DIYers even get a 15 percent discount, added Daley.

The staff at Packard Discount Carpet & Vinyl includes Daley, who oversees daily operations, sales and estimates; Adam Johnson, accounting; Sam Osborn, warehouse and ordering; Jason Kenyon, who does the bulk of the cutting and binding and a team of installers who are mostly out in the field.

"I've known Gary for 45 years — there's a lot of history here," said Osborn. "The best part of my job is working for a company that treats people right."

Daley said the most rewarding part of his job is when customers call to praise the staff for their professionalism and a job well done.

"A floor puts together a whole house," he said. "It means a lot when we finish a job and know we've made our customers happy."

To contact Staff Writer Cory Fisher, email her at Cory@theunion.com.

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Packard Discount Carpet & Vinyl

110 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley

Phone: 530-477-2570

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.