History

 

In 1980 Corby steelworks closed and like many others Steve Kenny was out of work with not many jobs around.
A friend in the carpet trade, Mark Hangar of P&H Carpets, suggested that he started selling carpets and rugs from a market stall, within a week he had acquired some square steel tubing and made his own stall, bought some stock from Mark and was on Rothwell market on Monday morning trying to sell it. Needless to say, for those of you that remember the ‘80s and the recession of the time, it was not easy. By September 1980 he was standing on markets in Rothwell, Corby, Wellingborough and, with the help of his son Jim, Finmere market on a Sunday. A small business was born.

In October 1980 Steve’s son Jim Kenny joined him full time, they continued to serve the markets but also opened a small lock-up shop (double garage really!) in Rothwell and started to travel to different towns selling Cushioned vinyl off the roll in one day sales.

This was the beginning of S & J Kenny Carpets, it was seven days a week and long hours but at least they were working.
In April 1981 they opened a shop at 32 High Street, Irthlingborough, this was the first permanent base for the business. By continuing to serve the markets and consistantly providing good service and value for money in the shop they soon built up a good reputation in Irthlingborough and surrounding villages. A good proportion of their business was coming from Wellingborough and in 1983 they opened a second shop in Knox Road, Wellingborough. By applying the same principals of high quality service and value for money to all customers, regardless of the size or value of the order, they continued to build an excellent reputation in Wellingborough.
By 1985 they noticed that most of their customers from Irthlingborough were coming to the Wellingborough shop because it was bigger and had a better selection. The markets were also not producing the business that they had so a decision was made to stop standing the markets and, regretfully, to close the Irthlingborough shop. All efforts were concentrated on S & J Kenny Carpets, Wellingborough until 1990 when they decided to expand the business by opening S & J Kenny Carpets in Kettering. Unfortunately recession struck once again and this shop was only open for a couple of years.

Steve retired from the business in 1989, although he still came in regularly to help out when needed, until after a fairly long illness he sadly passed away on 22nd September 2003.

S & J Kenny Carpets is now owned and run by Jim Kenny, joined in September 2011 by Jim's son Joe Kenny (the 3rd generation of Kenny to join S & J Kenny).



S & J Kenny Carpets continues to provide an unrivaled level of personal service and value for money to the people of Wellingborough, Northampton, Kettering, Raunds, Thrapston, Higham Ferrers, Rothwell, Desborough and surrounding villages, along with top quality commercial flooring services to local authorities, schools and businesses.

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