Ace Vacuum opens in Detroit Lakes
Allan Schoenberger is a busy man.
The Detroit Lakes resident recently opened Ace Vacuum Sales and Service on South Washington Avenue. This is on top of an existing store he opened in Park Rapids in 2008.
He also works full-time with his Lake Country Gold and Silver business.
Schoenberger's help includes Tahsha Sansburn, who is the office manager, and Charlie Walker, who does door-to-door sales and services the vacuums.
"I go to church with Allan and he needed an office manager," Sansburn said. "I had that background on my resume."
Schoenberger said that Walker is the knowledge behind the operation as he has 35 years of experience in the vacuum business.
Ace Vacuum is a full-service shop that sells new and used equipment, as well as provides repair service in house.
Schoenberger said that the Riccar line is the "Cadillac" of vacuums. The prices, though, aren't out of most people's budgets.
The Riccar brand is an exclusive brand with a limited number of retailers. Schoenberger mentioned one in Grand Forks and another in Brainerd as the nearest ones.
"That's why we're different," he said of the carrying the Riccar line.
And the vacuums are American made, he said.
"They are really good machines and last forever," Schoenberger said.
Service is another key to the store's hoped-for success.
Most repairs only require a one-day turnaround.
Sansburn said that under the "Red Carpet" program, a customer could take in their vacuum that they bought and get new bags, belts, filters and get their vacuum cleaned up in general 11-13 months after purchase.
The same service is available from 34-36 months after purchase.
"If they come in for service after 35 months and their vacuum cleaner is shot, we'll just replace it," Sansburn said.
Besides Riccar, Ace Vacuum also sells other brands, plus filters and other accessories for models not sold in the store.
The store also sells central vacuum systems.
Sansburn said they are more popular than she realized. Those systems are mainly for new homes, since it needs to be built into the home. In addition, Ace Vacuum sells radiant floor heating systems.
Ace Vacuum is located 1150 Washington Avenue. It can be reached at 844-7600.