By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — A 65-year-old business fixture in Centerville is changing ownership as the owner has decided to retire.
Ron Mitchell, owner of Mitchell's Floor Covering, has decided to retire after guiding the family-run business since moving back home from Denver, Colo. in 1974 with his wife Paula.
Mitchell's Floor Covering will close its doors for the last time on Saturday, May 18 after 39 years behind Ron and Paula Mitchell's ownership and operation.
"I am retiring with fond memories from many great customers and friendships," Ron Mitchell said. "I owe many people many thanks for the success of Mitchell's Floor Covering."
Many might remember the flooring company started in 1948 by Jasper Mitchell, Ron's father, and Kirk Chebuhar, Ron's uncle, known as Mitchell and Chebuhar.
And some might remember seeing Ron installing carpet when he was in high school.
Ron jokingly said he "was born into" the flooring business. Consider this, his father and uncle started the business the same year he was born.
"This has been my life," Ron said Friday morning, one day before he closed the doors for the very last time. "But I have many new projects and many new items on my agenda that I would like to do."
Ron said many people helped to make the business a success, including Jerry Marshall and his father Frank, Jean Pratte, Michelle McMurry, family and the community of Centerville.
Mitchell credited the businesses loyal customers in the community for keeping the store open for 65 years.
"It has been through all of our loyal customers and friends throughout all these 65 years that has made this business grow and be a real part of this community," Ron said. "To serve it and raise our families here (in Centerville) has been a real pleasure and privilege."
Ron and Paula plan to visit their children and grandchildren in Oregon, Colorado and Missouri. They also plan to volunteer and get more involved in the community.
Paula plans to retire from Indian Hills Community College, Centerville, from the financial aid department, after 28 years, in August.
Paula said they are both healthy and they view this as another chapter as they move forward in their lives.
Ron said the new owners are Appanoose County residents Scott and Kelly Jackson and the business will be called Jackson Home Center. He said the Jackson's starting Tuesday, May 28 will continue to provide all floor covering needs.
The draperies and window coverings part of the business was purchased by Michelle McMurry and is now based out of her Seymour facility.