What started out in 1939 as a small tile installation business in an east Charlotte basement has greatly expanded over the years, but one fact remains the same: the golden rule is still at the core of operations for Harkey Tile and Stone.
The Charlotte business has been operating for 80 years and is now in its third generation of family ownership. It began in 1939 as Renfrow Tile under the leadership of Jack Renfrow. The showroom was located in the basement of his Charlotte home until Renfrow built the current business location on Sunnyside Avenue. Jack Renfrow’s daughter, Robbie, and her husband, Jim Harkey, later purchased the business and renamed it Harkey Tile and Stone.
Now, Harkey Tile and Stone is led by Robbie and Jim Harkey’s children, Reid and Jeff Harkey. The two owners have been running everything since 2001, though they’ve been working in the family business since the early 80s. The business has grown from installing tiles to manufacturing countertops and supplying granite and marble.
There are more changes planned for the future: the brothers have an eye on technology upgrades, new water recycling techniques, and a renovated showroom. Ultimately, a larger warehouse would help create a one-stop shop with available slabs that clients could select. No matter what though, the brothers say they’ll continue to follow the golden rule, like their grandfather when he first started the business.
“You treat people the way you want to be treated in life and business,” they both say. “We have great pride in surviving three generations in the industry and only want to supply the best we can offer.”
1822 Sunnyside Ave | Charlotte, NC 28204