Paul Bucchi began working for Sno-White Power Equipment when he was 16 years old. He loved the work so much that three years later be bought the company.
Now 29, Bucchi is moving his business from Plainville to a larger place on the Southington/Plainville line. The new store, which at 9,300 square feet is three times larger than the Plainville store, will open around Christmas time at 154 Town Line Road.
“I moved to Southington because a lot of my customers come from the town. There are a lot of homeowners in Southington, which is good for my business,” Bucchi said.
The larger location will allow Bucchi to have a lot more equipment on display and to have a product demo area in the back of the store — which his Plainville store could not accommodate
Bucchi, who sells outdoor power equipment ranging from tractors, snow blowers, generators, weed wackers and chain saws, said the new store also allows “our customers to test out the equipment before they purchase it.”
“We now have the opportunity to properly train our customers in the use of our equipment,” said Bucchi, a Bristol resident. “If someone owns a home and wants to buy a mower, they would not have to commit to it without first trying it.
“We sell power equipment exclusively. We are disciplined in one area. That is important for our customers to know.”
Bucchi’s equipment is for both homeowners and commercial landscapers, who, for example, might be interested in a zero turn mower, he said.
He sells all of the known brands in the business, including Toro, Echo and Husqvarna. The cost range varies from a leaf blower for $100 to a commercial lawn mower, which can go for $15,000.
He has seven employees, but Bucchi said he is looking to expand and plans to stay in town for the foreseeable future.
“I love this business and I am here for the long haul,” Bucchi said. “I enjoy dealing with customers.”
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