Our business was founded on the principles of unity, strength and success.
We are a cooperative business… a co-op.
What we are not is a franchise, an independent retailer, a chain or mega-corporation.
Each store is owned and operated independently, supported by our cooperative not at all like your regular retail franchise. The co-op is set up to service our valued customers and help local, family-run small businesses prosper and provide support, not to make a profit itself.
Locally owned, family operated
Carpet One is a group of local businesses that have joined together to bring you a competitive alternative to big corporations. We are locally owned and family operated. Our staff are people who live in your town, understand your needs and share your concerns about the future of your community.
Creating local opportunities
When you shop with Carpet One your investment remains local and you help create local jobs. In fact, worldwide research tells us that for every $100 spent with a co-operative group, like Carpet One, almost $43 is invested in the local community. Comparatively, the same $100 spent with a chain, only $13 goes back into the community* — that’s almost 300% less.
*Source: International Co-operative Alliance 2011
Our core principles
In our role as a cooperative, Carpet One practice our retail business on seven foundation principles:
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Co-operation among Cooperatives
- Concern for community