DOVER-FOXCROFT – Dave’s World customers will see some changes soon. The family-owned business, known for selling US heat pumps, appliances, flooring, mattresses and cellular services, will add new owners and locations over the next month.
Business partners Dan Sharrow, Robert Jankunas and Matthew Scott will retain ownership of the four Dave’s World locations selling heat pumps across the state and move their location from Dover-Foxcroft to the former Dover Auto Parts store at 27 Summer Street. . The trio will also retain ownership and operation of the US Cellular store.
New owners Richard “Rick” Dill and Wade Shaefer will unveil @Home Kitchen & Bath, and @Home Furniture, Appliances & Bedding in the current Dave’s World space at 16 Summer Street.
David Sharrow and Jayne Sharrow purchased the old Gellerson TV & Appliance building in 1985. The company was renamed Dave’s World in 1992. Jankunas and Dan Sharrow bought the company in 2004, Scott becoming an equal partner in 2006.
“Bob and I grew up next to each other on Spring Street,” Sharrow said. “He has been employed for the longest time – over 30 years! It was my first job, driving a delivery truck, but I moved to Boston for five or six years, returning to the family business in 2002. ”
Sharrow said the business had been on sale for about a year, “but we wanted to find people who would move the business forward largely as it is, and keep the business in that community,” he said. -he declares. “The impetus for change is that our heat pump business has grown explosively over the past 12 years and the three of us, well, it has grown to the point that it’s all we can handle. “
Since there are three other Dave’s World locations in Ellsworth, Windham and Scarborough, the decision was made to retain the company name and focus solely on the sale, installation and maintenance of heat pumps at the four locations.
“The most important point I want to stress is that nothing drastically changes apart from the name of the companies,” said Sharrow. “There will always be the same level of sales and service. “
New owners delighted to offer expanded product lines, same great service
Business partners Rick Dill and Wade Shaefer took over ownership of the Mainely Rent to Own store in Lincoln in 2016. “We’ve been talking about expansion for a little while now, and last year with COVID we had a really good one. year, so we decided to start looking. We found the company on a business sales website in Maine and contacted Dan. I believe all parties on both sides are very excited. Now is the right time and the right company that we want to acquire.
Dill said they studied market trends and were able to stock up on home appliances before the shortages caused by COVID hit some of the larger big box stores. “We have strived to satisfy our customers,” he said.
“We’ve always been known for that hometown vibe,” Dill continued. “This is another reason why Dave’s World was so appealing to us. It was founded in the same way and has been in the family for years. We all have sort of the same entrepreneurial spirit. When we got together and talked, it was like we had known each other for a long time. We’re excited to keep that same hometown feel where everyone knows everyone. ”
The new owners plan to retain as many Dave’s World employees as they would like. “We don’t want to go out there and say to everyone, ‘Hey, new owner, see you later,’” Dill said. “We believe the people are at the heart of what they do there, and they’ve done a great job, from what we’ve heard. These are the people that customers have seen for years and our goal is to do our best to keep anyone who wishes to stay. ”
The new businesses were given two separate names for several reasons; one being the potential expansion of @Home Kitchen & Bath to a second location in the future, Dill explained.
The biggest change customers can expect to see in the coming months is the addition of a full line of furniture. “We want to keep the businesses local,” Dill said. “We will be adding many new products at competitive prices, such as sofas, recliners, bedrooms, dining sets, and we will also add other appliance brands. “
Current Dave’s World customers don’t have to worry about having their devices repaired, he said. “We already have a home appliance repair division that serves virtually all of the state and we are continuing that,” Dill said. “We don’t just care for what we sell. We serve all major brands and offer extensive service coverage for several big box stores. We’ll fix everything Dave’s World sold. The repair side of our business has grown faster than the retail side, so we are also looking to hire additional technicians in the near future. ”
All partners hope that the ownership transactions can be finalized by July 1. A celebratory event for Dave’s World’s new location and the two @Home stores will be scheduled at a later date.
In the meantime, Dill said, “We want to answer all customer questions. We are always honest with customers, whether what is going on is bad or good. We would be happy to answer any questions from customers.
Call 1-800-HEATPUMP or visit www.davesworld.com for more information.