Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware building on more than a century of experience
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 8:36 am

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the “Progress 2014” section of North Country This Week.

Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware, Outer West Main Street, Canton has been a family run business since 1902. John P. Coakley started the business assembling a crew that traveled around St. Lawrence County constructing barns.

After a few years, John P. opened a sawmill in Madrid and soon after, his sons Bob and John got involved in the business. The Coakley business later moved to “The Island” in Canton as a retail lumberyard, which has now become Heritage Park, a beautiful and interesting river walk open to all. Several homes in Canton, especially in the upper Farmer Street area, were built by John P. Coakley Sons.

As “cash and carry” lumberyards opened, it forced the independent lumber dealers to a new focus. In 1976, Bob’s son, Bill entered the family business opening a True Value Hardware store at the current location on Outer West Main St. In 1986 the family put on an addition, doubling the floor space. In 1995, the store joined Carpet One, the world’s largest flooring co-op and in 2000 converted from True Value to Ace Hardware.

The current store consists of retail hardware, a complete flooring department, kitchen and bath design and installation and an on-staff team of servicemen for repair and installation. In the spring, the store’s parking lot ‘comes alive’ with one of the area’s largest flower and bedding plant selections. Customers choose from a wide array of annuals, perennials and roses to decorate their home and cottages. Around Thanksgiving, the parking lot becomes a winter wonderland with Christmas trees, kissing balls and wreaths. Coakley’s newest endeavor is carrying Hunter Douglas, the nation’s premier window treatment company for residential and main street commercial.

In order to “sell right,” it is imperative to “buy right,” which they do through Carpet One.

A representative from the store will come to your home to measure and figure your estimate. That service is free as it is in the kitchen, flooring and service work departments. They have professional servicemen on staff to do the installation. Stop in and check out the Hunter Douglas displays.

You can contact them at 386-8161 or coakleys@coakleys.net. When you are traveling through the Adirondacks, stop in the store in Saranac Lake on outer lake Flower Avenue.

For 112 years, community involvement has been a priority to the Coakley family from youth sports and not for profit groups to area hospitals and colleges.