BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
For more than 70 years, the Weisman family has been serving Queens’ hard-working blue-collar residents by offering them quality products at discounted prices.
Today, Weisman Home Outlets has three locations and has become a staple in the communities in which it serves. The discount mega-store has an exceptional selection of quality materials for all renovation needs. But long before Weisman Home Outlets grew to be the successful company it is today, it had humble beginnings in Queens.
Weisman Home Outlets started as a lumberyard in the Rockaways and was founded by Leonard Weisman’s grandmother in the 1920s. Sticking true to family values, Weisman’s grandmother passed the business along to her son who would eventually pass down the business to Leonard Weisman, now the co-owner and co-partner.
Sometime in the 1980s, the lumberyard evolved into a salvage and surplus yard. Their expansion was well-received by the community so, when the Weisman family saw that there was a need for a home outlet that offered products at reasonable prices, the company evolved once more.
“Based on the economy, they realized that there weren’t enough closeout stores where people could buy discounted home products,” said Skip Abrams, president and co-partner of Weisman Home Outlets.
Abrams now manages and oversees Weisman Home Outlet’s day-to-day operations as the president of the store and a partner of Leonard Weisman’s. He has served in that capacity for five years after working under Weisman for more than 20 years.
“I started at the counter at the lumber yard as a salesperson and worked my way up and eventually got to where I am now, where I run the company,” he said. “I’ve learned everything I know from [Leonard]. He was a mentor, as far as the business, and that grew into a friendship to him being a father figure. He is the reason we are where we are as a business.”
While the company may have seen significant growth in the last seven decades, Weisman Home Outlet’s goal of serving hard-working middle-class residents has remained unchanged.
“Our mission is to provide the best value with the best price possible. We understand our business and we have our niche,” Abrams said. “We’re middle-class, blue-collar and we try to provide a fair price to the people that work really hard for their money.”
When asked what he loves most about working at Weisman Home Outlets, Abrams said he truly enjoys getting to know his customers.
“We’re not a national company. We are a neighborhood store and we know our customers,” he said. “I enjoy the fact that Weisman is still run like a family business. As a neighborhood company, we know most of our customers by name.”
Weisman Home Outlets is located at 218-01 Merrick Blvd., Springfield Gardens and 63-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village.
For more information, visit www.weismanhomeoutlets.com.
Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @nkozikowska.