Contacts: Shawn and Jeanie Darmody, Co-owners AZTECH Air and Appliance, Fort Mohave, Ariz.
Shawn Darmody, a former Sears appliance salesman who felt he could do it better himself, could be the owner of the newest appliance retail storefront in America. He and his wife, Jeanie, have just opened a 1,000 square feet showroom in Fort Mohave, Arizona. “We’ve just put the sign up,” he says. “It’s still a bit haphazard inside. We sort of just stuck parts up on the walls.”
Still, the new store’s a big improvement on the Darmody’s last successful showroom, their family garage. “We did about $450,000 in sales last year out of our house. We’d started and run the business there for five years,” he says. Profitable since the day they opened, the Darmody’s admit they kind of miss being able to dispatch people while sitting around in their bathrobes.
“The idea of dropping thousands of dollars to open up a shop took some getting used to, but you know what? Doing the same old thing gets on your nerves,” says Darmody. “I think it was time to grow. We’re looking to do something in the $700,000 range this year.”