By Dennis Phillips
Tom Nalbone has returned to his hometown to open Southern Tier Appliance.
Tom Nalbone is the new owner of Southern Tier Appliance, which is located at 815 Foote Ave., Jamestown. Nalbone is hosting a grand-opening sale for the rest of February.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
The new business, which is located at 815 Foote Ave., Jamestown, opened Feb. 18, and is running a grand-opening sale the rest of the month.
"The buying group (Appliance Dealers Cooperative) I partner with allows me to have competitive pricing. I can compete with anyone," he said. "We have special pricing, and exclusive rebates. On some products, we are even able to offer two rebates at the same time."
Southern Tier Appliance sells ovens, ranges, refrigerators, washers and dryers, over-the-range microwaves, dishwashers and freezers.
"We have all the brand name products from Frigidaire to Whirlpool to KitchenAid to Maytag, to name a few," he said.
Nalbone said he has been selling appliances for 25 years, most of that time spent in the Jamestown area. Recently, he was working in Hamburg, but wanted to return to his hometown.
"I just wanted to come back home," he said. "I like the people and I like the area. You meet some of the nicest people."
Nalbone said he enjoys every aspect of selling appliances.
"I like the folks. I develop a lot of long-term relationships with people," he said. "I get to meet their kids, and one day sell them an appliance, too. That is a great feeling."
Nalbone said he has been involved in every aspect, from selling an appliance to repairing and installing the machine.
"It was something I took a shine to," he said. "I like learning about the products so I can be well-informed to pass on that knowledge to the customers. Folks have a need and I fill that need."
Nalbone said Southern Tier Appliance offers delivery and installation, and contracts with a local repair service. Also, he has replacement parts in stock for the appliances he sells.
The new store owner said he would like to thank the Piazza family, who own Piazza Carpet One Floor & Home. Southern Tier Appliances is now located in the former Piazza Carpet One that used to be located along Foote Avenue.
"I would also like to thank Nick Ferrara from the Small Business Development Center," he said. "I would like to thank my family for all of their support, too."
Southern Tier Appliance is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 483-3150.