Jerome Weinrib of ABC Carpet Dies
February 23, 2016,
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.