What's Up With Janovic/Plaza?

What's Up With Janovic/Plaza?

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 19, 2007

Love or hate Janovic, it's the biggest paint dealer in town. Which is why we were surprised when the signs over all the the doors shifted from Janovic in big letters to Benjamin Moore this past fall. "What's going on?" we thought...

Turns out that after 119 years Janovic (founded 1888) sold themselves to Benjamin Moore, which was then purchased by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway.

This actually happened in 1999 and 2000, but only now is Benjamin Moore making its push felt as it tries to dominate paint distribution in the US.

Seems a shame to us to switch the names on all the shops, and slightly confusing to boot. Why not keep the Janovic name for the local market? For emotional reasons we'd much rather buy our paint from a Janovic store than a Benjamin Moore store, and wonder what this ownership will do to the other brands sold within the store. Look out for further paint ball battles and consolidation in the next few years...

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