1888 SUNSET AVENUE, ROCKY MOUNT, NC | (252) 442-7126
Service You Can Count On For Over 25 Years
FACTORY AUTHORIZED SERVICE | SERVING NASH, EDGECOMBE & WILSON COUNTIES
WELCOME TO BOB'S APPLIANCE
AWARD-WINNING SERVICE YOU CAN TRUST FOR OVER 25 YEARS
MEET BOB & JAN LANE
Bob and Jan Lane began the business we know today in 1986 in their garage as a part-time appliance service operation. Ultimately, the business grew into a full-time operation. One of Bob’s first large customers was Heilig-Meyers. In June of 1989, Bob and Jan, with young twin sons and a new daughter on the way, took a leap of faith, made a decision to move forward dedicating 100% of their time and effort to opening a store. They left two full-time day jobs to open Bob’s Appliance Service at 122 Howard Street in the former Gay’s Hardware and Broughton Furniture location in the downtown area. The business was strong and delivered excellent service to its customers.
On Thursday, December 30, 2010, Bob was called and informed by his son that his business was on fire. He and his daughter rushed to the sight to see the business engulfed in flames. Shortly thereafter, Jan arrived followed by all of their employees, family and friends. While giving up would have been the easy thing to do, it was not an option. Bob and Jan assured their employees that the business would continue. Having a great group of employees and customers, business began as usual the following Monday morning. Service technicians began working already lined up calls from before the holiday. Bob and Jan’s sons bought track phones and rerouted calls from phones that no longer existed to the temporary lines. Office staff worked from home and technicians ran calls. They rented a temporary location and began modifications using all local contractors.
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Three weeks later, Bob’s Appliance Service was open and operating from the Lawrence Circle location they called home for 18 months without missing a single day of scheduled work. This location offered only half the space the business was accustomed to and additional space was needed. When it became apparent that a bigger location was necessary, Bob and Jan found the new home of Bob’s Appliance Service, Inc. just down the street at 1888 Sunset Avenue. The location was completely remodeled by local contractors. On April 30, 2012, they opened for business at their new, permanent location, 1888 Sunset Avenue.
Today Bob’s Appliance Service employs five service technicians, four office workers, including his wife and their daughter part-time. The business also features a large parts showroom. They service all brands of home appliances and are an approved Lowe’s service provider. In 2011 Bob’s Appliance Service was ranked Lowes’ #2 service provider in the nation. They primarily operate in-home service for a 3-county area of Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson Counties. However, Bob’s Appliance Service also offers service on a wide variety of commercial equipment.
Although the past few years have found this company in recovery mode, they find time to support local endeavors and needs through hosting the Red Cross on-site blood mobile, support of My Sister’s House, Relay for Life and WHIG-TV’s Relay for Life Auction, United Community Ministries, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Wounded Warriors Organization. Most recently, they assisted the Nash County All-Stars in their trip to compete in the state championship. They have been involved in a major fundraising effort in support of a local citizen and his family that was severely injured and his family. The company additionally uses their marquee for promotion of local causes. Bob and Jan are very patriotic and huge Buy Local supporters.
Many may be familiar with Bob and Jan’s passion for helping out locally through their show on WHIG TV: Tech Talk. The show featured discussions that assisted consumers with tips on the service, upkeep and longevity of their appliances. They often utilize the show to focus on good causes and the importance of buying locally. Bob and Jan are exploring bringing the popular and helpful show back to the air in 2014.
Bob’s Appliance Service is a great example of success in the small business sector- and their customers think so too, voting them the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award for the 3rd year in a row.