Flooring veteran purchases Carpets & More in East Brunswick. He spent years learning the business from the ground up, and Mike Baber now finds himself running things from the top down as the new owner of Carpets & More.
The 44-year-old South River resident spent decades as a salesman and manager in flooring departments of various area home-improvement stores. Since 1988, he was out on his own working as an installer.
Last year, Baber purchased the name of the store, its inventory and entire customer list when its owner passed away. Baber, who preferred not to give the former owner's name, decided to move Carpets & More from Loehmann's Plaza farther down Route 18 North.
Baber said he strives to run his new business the same way as the previous management did.