Don’s Carpetland in Greenville closing after 63 years

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:40 pm on Friday, September 28, 2012

Don’s Carpetland Inc., opened its doors 63 years ago. The Nielsons have owned the business for about 35 years. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — The Nielson family is closing the doors to Don’s Carpetland Inc., due to health issues and economic reasons.

Don’s Carpetland, located at 6507 S. Greenville Road, opened its doors 63 years ago with Don and Barb Wilstead. The business went through a could different owners before the Bev and Lou Nielson took over about 35 years ago.

“It’s been great,” Bev Nielson said. “It has given us a good life.”

This year turned the family upside down, which lead to the decision to close the doors to Don’s Carpetland Inc.

She said although the rough economy has played a part in the closure, so has the health of her family.

Lou Nielson developed kidney failure while their son and former employee, Randy, developed liver failure.

“It’s been rough,” Bev Nielson said.

Patrick Imhoff, back row, stands by Julie Boni, left, and Don’s Carpetland owner Bev Nielson, right, on one of their last days being in business. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Because of the family circumstances, Bev and Lou Nielson also took in their 16-year-old grandson so he can be closer to his family during the tough time.

Overall, the business has just become too much for the family to handle and they decided this was the best decision.

“It’s a sad, sad time,” said Julie Boni, employee and daughter to Bev and Lou Nielson.

Boni, who has worked at the business on and off for 20 years, said she basically grew up in the store playing hide and seek throughout the store.

When she was a child, Boni said her parents would also hold Easter egg hunts in the building if it was raining outside.

“Those were some of my favorite memories,” Boni said. “Just growing up in the store.”

Looking back over the years, Boni said it had been a nice place to work and a place where the employees were very comfortable.

Manager Patrick Imhoff, who has worked at Don’s Carpetland for about seven years, agreed with Boni.

“They are a great family to work for,” Imhoff said. “I couldn’t ask for better people to work for.”

Imhoff said while working for the Nielsons, his favorite memories included going fishing with Lou Nielson after work.

“I am sad to see it (close),” Imhoff said.

Over the years, Bev Nielson said some of the biggest changes to the company was expanding from just carpet to RV supplies.

“Lou loves (the RV Supplies),” she said.

Bev Nielson said today they will be continuing their going out of business sale with almost everything marked down.

They will be keeping normal business hours until almost everything is gone, she said.

“We appreciate everything,” Bev Nielson said. “We have tried to do our best to make sure everybody was happy with their purchases (through the years).”

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