Revco Carpet changes hands

Dave Petsnick of Fort Frances is the new owner of Revco Carpet after finalizing the purchase of the company last week from long-time businessman and entrepreneur George Revus.
Petsnick, a licensed sheet metal worker and gas fitter, left his job of four years at the OSB mill in Barwick to take over the carpet business.
“I had planned to stay at the mill for a couple more years, but then I heard that George was thinking of retiring,” Petsnick said during a coffee break last Friday—his first full day as new owner.
“A few years ago I had asked George what his plans were and he said he wasn’t ready to retire,” Petsnick added. “I said, ‘When you are, keep me in mind.”
Petsnick said Revco was something that had been on his mind for some time.
“I thought, ‘Hey, what an interesting career.’ And to buy a well-established and successful family business, that doesn’t come along very often,” he stressed.
“It was an easy decision and if you are going to work for yourself, this is a good spot to be,” he reasoned.
Petsnick will be flanked by two longtime Revco staff members, Sharon Payne and Cindy Petsnick, who also is his mother.
“I have an excellent support staff and George will stick around—come and go—for a while,” noted Petsnick. “But I’ve got my work cut out for me now. I have to get to know the carpet business.”
Revus, on the other hand, has big plans for well-deserved “R and R” after 35 years in business. He began Revco in 1970 out of a small location across from Green’s Furniture in Fort Frances.
Exponential growth within one year forced him to move to a bigger location at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Fourth Street East (most recently the site of Clendenning’s).
In 1978, he was bought out by Green’s and spent the next seven years strictly as a carpet installer. He then built Revco at its present location (950 Fifth St. W.) in 1985.
Twenty years later, he is confident its new owner has a promising future as a businessman, with a few parting words of advice.
“I have been very fortunate [in business] and in having the staff I’ve had,” said Revus. “Now it’s time to turn it over to somebody younger.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Dave,” he added. “He’s a hard worker and he will probably do a lot better than I did.
“If you are going to be successful in business, being there and being on top of things is very important,” he stressed. “If you aren’t, and this goes for any business, you’re not going to survive.”
Both men also stressed that their wives—Diane Revus and Ange Petsnick—provided invaluable support to their business ventures.

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