POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- If you're looking to build or upgrade a kitchen and want only the best appliances, check out Albano Appliance & Service of Pound Ridge.
This family business was started in the 1940s when Alfred Albano had a full time job at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. During his off hours, he would sell and service kitchen appliances to local residents.
His grandson Fred now runs this well known seller of high-end appliances for every culinary application under the sun. As Fred points out, what makes his family business successful is their logo “Appliances for every room and every budget.”
Most brands are available and one can find a stove from $325 to hand-made French models priced at over $100,000. What keeps Albano Appliance held in high regard by customers is the level of service starting with installation.
Owner Fred Albano adds “A lot of people who visit expect only high-end items but will find we sell many items across the board and complete the sale when the product is installed."
When it comes to working with contractors, Albano Appliance has a first-rate reputation in making the design and job process much easier. This can be seen in the fact many architects and interior designers retain Fred’s team for customer projects throughout Westchester, Fairfield as well as Manhattan and upstate New York because of their installation work.
He also explains another reason for the success of his family’s business is how it competes with the big box stores.
“We do not have a large scale advertising budget,” he said, adding “It is the exceptional service in our show room that brings our customers in”.
Another unique aspect to Albano Appliance is the in-house demonstrations run by Chef Jehan de Noue. He will also visit a client when the installation is completed to show the customer how their new equipment works.
Albano Appliance & Service is located at 83 Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge. (914) 764-4051.
Laurance Baschkin is a Pound Ridge resident.