Our Store History

Serving our community for over 40 years...

Carpet OneElgin Carpet One is a longstanding, family-owned and operated business located in St. Thomas, ON. In 1965, entrepreneur Jan Versteeg started the business – then known as Elgin Floor and Wall Tile – by running it out of his own garage; a few years later, Jan was joined by his brothers George and Tom, and they incorporated as Elgin Floor Covering Ltd. Now co-owned and operated by second-generation cousins, Rob and Tom Versteeg (sons of two of the original owners), Elgin Carpet One continues to grow while honouring its humble roots.

Carpet OneIn 1976, the Versteeg brothers (pictured right) purchased the current store location on 1026 Talbot Street in St. Thomas. The business continued to grow, and, in 1979, The Wallpaper Loft was launched. Initially located upstairs, the Wallpaper Loft expanded and, as of 1997, is now located beside Elgin Carpet One. Offering Benjamin Moore’s quality selection of paint products, premium wallpaper, and Hunter Douglas blinds and shutters, the Wallpaper Loft is the perfect complement to Elgin Carpet One’s wide selection of flooring.

One of the biggest changes for the business occurred in 1991 when Elgin Floor Covering became a Canadian charter member of Carpet One – the largest co-op in North America. Now named Elgin Carpet One, the change in name brought ample opportunities, including group buying power and a large national presence – all while maintaining the quality service of a local, family-owned business.

Today, Elgin Carpet One offers a wide selection of Carpet, Vinyl, Luxury Vinyl Plank, Hardwood, Laminate, Ceramic and more! With a wide range of suppliers and brands – such as Preverco, Torlys, Beaulieu, Mohawk, Mannington, Centura and XL Flooring just to name a few – customers are sure to find a product they love for a price they can afford.

While the store has undergone many transformations and improvements, one thing has remained the same for over 40 years – Elgin Carpet One is committed to building honest and lasting relationships with customers, offering friendly and knowledgeable customer service, and providing quality products and expert installation.