We strive to make your job easier. We have offered Durable flooring, Dependable solutions, and Dedicated staff since 1967. With an incredible selection of quality products, a high level of service, and the lowest possible price, Big D Floor Covering Supplies is your ultimate flooring provider!!!
Our History And The True Story Of Our Name
Over the years, all of us at Big D have been asked where did the name “Big D” come from? Even the people who work here at Big D have heard many different stories. Yes, some of them get pretty wild and could not be printed here.
Big D officially started business on March 2, 1967 in Lomita, California. Frank and Lou Daffern were the original owners. The original store sold carpet, drapes, paint, and floor covering supplies. By 1968, Frank and Lou decided to close this store and concentrate solely on floor covering supplies. The store was moved to Long Beach and parts of the original sign were reused. The store was 800 sq. Ft., and initially stocked with $2,500.00 worth of supplies. Big D’s major competitor would load several trucks daily with supplies and then call on the carpet stores to sell to the installers. Big D tried a new approach, “pick-up” locations. The second store was added in Lawndale, California in 1972. The next location was Downey, California. This store was successful very quickly due to an interesting promotion. The next door neighbor was a bar and there just happened to be a convenient pass-through window. If you purchased $20 worth of supplies, a free beer mysteriously appeared in the window. Unfortunately, the repeat business quickly got out of hand and the promotion was ended. In 1974, Westminster, California was added. Next Anaheim California was added.
The ‘BIG” change occurred in 1976, when Robert Kleinhans became president of Big D. He had been a national sales manager and product manager at Roberts. Instant credibility was added to the company and key lines such as W.W. Henry and Roppe followed shortly. Steve Kleinhans joined the company in 1983 to oversee Operations. Later in 1983, Wade Jackson joined Big D to help Robert Kleinhans oversee sales. In December of 1984, Frank and Lou transferred all ownership of Big D to Robert Kleinhans. Jim and Jeff Brugman joined in 1989, when Big D moved into Arizona. The expansion continued with more stores in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada(1995), Utah(2003), Texas(2005), and Idaho(2006).
So, the question still remains, the name! Well, it is actually somewhat anticlimactic compared to all the tall tales surrounding it. The name “Big D” was derived from Frank and Lou’s last name, Daffern.
Big D strives to be the preferred choice for floor covering supplies as well as commercial and residential floor covering solutions. Located in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and West Texas, Big D offers a superior logistical network to complement its vast product offering. We proudly offer the Johnsonite family of commercial products, Modern Surface, Mapei, Schluter, Uzin, RB Rubber Floors, and many others.