Ask anybody, and they’ll tell you that Dave Elyachar, the founder of Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet, is a character. Many have a one-of-a-kind Elyachar story they have told at cocktail parties. My guess is that most of these stories are true, and that Elyachar is certainly one of the flooring industry’s more colorful personalities. Aside from his eccentricities, Elyachar has been an extremely successful and imaginative floor covering retailer, an innovative businessman, as well as a shrewd and visionary entrepreneur. We had an opportunity to sit down with Dave recently for an interview, which you can listen to on FloorTrendsmag.com. The following are some excerpts from that interview.
TF: The Big Bob’s franchise operation with stores throughout the country has been sold. You still operate three Big Bob’s stores in the Kansas City area. Talk about those stores.