Have you ever dreamed of a self-cleaning oven that does not use high heat, or force you to throw open all of the windows in mid-winter due to the fumes? Would you like a high efficiency washer that helps keep your clothes smelling fresh and wrinkle-free even if you forget to empty the machine? Have you longed for a refrigerator with fashionable French doors that will fit into your condo’s kitchen? These are three examples of advancements in technology that Andrew Floreano, general manager of Budget Appliances Ltd., indicates are new and exciting in the appliance industry.
Andrew Floreano’s father Gino Floreano has a long history in the appliance business. He established his first Budget Appliances store in Surrey in 1977, and it is still going strong. When the opportunity presented itself last year to open a second location in Steveston (not to be confused with the former Budget Appliance Centre) the Floreanos jumped at the opportunity.
Budget Appliances is very much a family owned and operated business. Both of Andrew Floreano’s parents, along with his wife and his sister are also actively involved in different capacities that include sales, bookkeeping and accounting. Andrew Floreano grew up knowing that one day he would work with the family business. After high school he attended BCIT where he studied small business management, and began working at the Surrey location in 1996.
The Floreano family is very excited to be part of the community and is quickly planting roots. The business immediately joined the Steveston Merchants Association. They did a major renovation of the interior of the shop and have left it looking spic and span. One of the interior posts has been decorated in nautical rope with more plans ahead for seaside artwork to adorn the walls. Andrew Floreano is highly aware that Stevestonites are loyal to the village and many of us choose to shop locally. He is eager to develop relationships with customers and fellow merchants. He believes that owning a business in a small community holds his shop accountable to provide quality products and excellent customer service. He and his staff are committed to working closely with customers to determine what appliance features best suit their needs. If you are in the market for a new appliance it is worth considering Budget Appliances. With two store fronts they have considerable buying power and are able to offer competitive prices.
Fridges, freezers, ranges and range hoods, washers, dryers, dishwashers are all available at Budget Appliances, and the Floreanos pride themselves on being a one stop appliance shop. The primary brands sold include Whirlpool, Maytag and KitchenAid, in addition to some Frigidaire and General Electric appliances. They carry both new and rebuilt products; they sell parts and provide repair service all under one roof. New scratch and dent units are also available at a reduced price with a full warranty.
There are two factory trained technicians that are capable of servicing appliances, whether or not you purchased them from Budget Appliances. Delivery and set up is part of the service offered in conjunction with the removal of the appliance(s) being replaced.
As for the dream appliances listed above, Whirlpool makes the new Aqualift Self-Clean Technology range, available both in gas and electric models, which does not emit fumes. It uses a combination of water and low heat to release baked on food from the oven. Whirlpool is also responsible for the FanFresh feature on the Duet front loading washing machine which intermittently tumbles clothes in the wash drum after the cycle ends for up to 16 hours, with a quiet fan drawing out moisture to keep clothes smelling fresh. Maytag’s 30″ French door refrigerators complement small spaces, pre-existing kitchen fixtures, and condo living so you too can enjoy one of the most popular styles of fridges on the market.
Besides the great selection and competitive prices, what is most attractive about this new Steveston business? There is no commission sales staff hovering around pressuring you to buy. As Floreano says, Budget Appliances is accountable to shoppers in our community, and he and his staff are here to best meet the needs of their customers. It is a simple and old-fashioned approach to sales which deserves a round of applause.
3831 Moncton Street