Jerome Weinrib of ABC Carpet Dies

ABC Carpet was founded by Weinrib’s grandfather
February 23, 2016Allison Zisko

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PALM BEACH, Fla.—ABC Carpet icon Jerome Weinrib passed away here on Feb. 13. He was 86.

ABC Carpet was founded by Weinrib’s grandfather, Samuel, who sold carpets and linoleum from a pushcart, according to published reports. Weinrib, who had a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, took over the business from his father. In 1961 he moved the store from East 28th Street in New York to its current location in the Flatiron District, a bit of a business risk since the area was primarily industrial at the time, according to an article in The New York Times. Years later, Weinrib’s daughter, Paulette Cole, joined the company and ultimately founded ABC Home, which carries a huge assortment of rugs as well as furniture, lighting, home decor, cookware, tabletop and other goods, and has multiple locations in New York City as well as one in New Jersey and one in Florida.

Weinrib is survived by his second wife, Bunny Podell Weinrib; daughter Paulette Cole and her husband Evan Cole; daughter Madeline Weinrib and partner Graham Head; stepchildren Ellen and Dan Crown, Stephen, Gary and Jill Podell; and several grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Norma Weinrib, and a son, Steven Weinrib.

Services were held last week at The Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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