Peter Christian Richard
If you live in New York, you've probably been to PC Richard & Son at some point—maybe when you needed to buy an air conditioner or a new TV. If you haven't been in person, you might have at least seen their ads on TV. There aren't many stores in the city that can claim a 100-year history and, although the ads are a little cheesy, the store itself is a good resource for appliances and electronics.
Founded in Brooklyn by Dutch immigrant Peter Christian Richard, the store has expanded a lot in the last century. What began as a small hardware store is now a chain of 42 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
They're a sort of cross between a big chain store like Best Buy and a more localized business. They sell the whole gamut of electronics—from kitchen appliances to vacuums to computers and digital cameras. In addition to the basic brands, they also have a section of designer appliances from names like DeLonghi, Fisher & Paykel, Viking, and Wolf.
If you live in the New York metro area, they offer next day in-home delivery and a flat rate fee of $50 for the first appliance (plus an additional $14 for each additional appliance). If you live outside of the NY metro area, you can view their shipping policies here.
• Wolf Stove, price on request
• Delonghi Gas Range, price on request
• Panasonic LCD HDTV with Built In iPOD Dock, $450
• Whirlpool Front-Loading Dishwasher, $990
• Friedrich Window/Wall Slide-Out A/C, $300
For more information, visit their website.
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