California’s Stewart-Molander sells appliances and parts and performs in-home repairs.

Dealer of the Year credits employees and AVB services for its continued success

By YSN Staff

Stewart-Molander Appliances is turning 80 years young this year.

The Antioch, Calif.-based family business, named Dealer of the Year for the Pacific Rim Region at the Convention in Nashville, was born of humble beginnings.

Owners Dan and Roseann Stewart accept their Dealer of the Year award in Nashville.

The company was started in 1942 by Sven and Svea Molander as a local repair shop. Three years later son-in-law “Red” Stewart joined the business, and by 1966 he and wife Ardis were repairing and also selling appliances under the Stewart-Molander name.

Today, third-generation owners Dan and Roseann Stewart continue the family tradition, aided by five veteran employees. In addition to white goods, the company sells appliance parts, performs in-home repairs, and maintains a coin-operated washer and dryer route.

Besides his dedicated staff, Dan also credits BrandSource for the company’s continued success through its competitive merchandising programs; consumer financing offers; advertising and digital marketing services; and a state-of-the-art e-commerce website. The website in particular, he said, is “the main reason we have had tremendous growth over the last couple of years.”

The BrandSource Dealer of the Year awards are presented annually to members who have shown their continued support of BrandSource and its direct suppliers. Dealers of the Year must demonstrate that support by attending regional meetings as well as national events such as the Convention and BrandSource Summit.

Honorees were selected by the membership within each of the organization’s 14 Regions and are saluted for their commitment to excellence in the retail industry and to their fellow BrandSource dealers.

A well-deserved congratulations to Dan, Roseann and the Stewart-Molander Appliances team!

BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress, and CE dealers.