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Perry’s Electric & Plumbing Supply
By Desiree Gaoiran, Staff Writer 

Buying local and being involved in the community is something that Glenn and Cari Martin are very passionate about. The couple relocated to the area from Newberg, Oregon approximately 2 1/2 years ago and are very happy they did! They enjoy living on the coast and being part of such a close knit community. 

When I walked into the building to interview the happy couple, I couldn’t help but notice the positive environment and smiling faces of the store’s employees.

Perry’s Electric has been a fixture in our community for 50 years and it wasn’t until 2010 that the previous owners decided to retire, liquidate, and shut the business down. Glenn and Cari decided to lease the building, fill it back up and open under Perry’s Supply Plumbing and Electric and in April of  2011 they had their official opening. Perry’s currently employs 12 locals. Some of  them are past employees from the previous owner's store and they have also hired several new employees as well.

“We love it here and plan on doing this until it isn’t fun anymore or we die, whichever one comes first,” Glenn chuckled. I got the feeling right away that these two were genuinely nice people and truly have wonderful customer service skills. Since they opened in 2011, Glenn has only been working half days because he is still recuperating from some brutal back surgeries that didn’t go very well. However, he is getting better and is finally gradually able  to put in the long work hours that he intended when they bought the business. “I planned on working 16 hours a day but things didn’t exactly go as planned,” he said. Now Glenn is spending more time there, which means more time to bring in more updated designer items.   

Perry’s Electric & Plumbing Supply has everything for your plumbing and electrical needs. If they don’t have what you need in stock, ask them about special orders.

The pair seemed to have very positive attitudes and it was apparent that they were “glass half full” kind of people. “We want our business to be more of a family business than just a store,” Cari says.  The couple also have 3 grown children who have worked at the store and Glenn says that when they are finished with school, have worked somewhere else for 2 years, they can come back and work for them, but not until then. “We want them to experience the real world first,” Cari explains.

Their plan is to continue growing as a company and to get more and more new inventory. They have everything plumbing and electric related and stress that they are not afraid of special orders! “Our employees are what make the company. The products are all the same but the difference is the employees and the service you receive from them,” Glen says. “Our employees are knowledgeable and this saves our customers the hassle of having to call someone else.” It was apparent that they want their customers to walk out with a good feeling and experience. If their employees don’t know the answer to something they will go the extra step to look it up for you. Perry’s guarantees the best price in this market area. If you see a price within 100 miles radius somewhere else that’s cheaper, they will match it! They are  located at 3133 Broadway Street in North Bend. You can also reach them at (541) 756-2051. 

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