There isn’t another family in Britain that knows about carpets and flooring like the Harris’. Join Facebook to connect with Martin Harris and others you may know. “I see my role as more of a CIO, which is a chief inspiration officer, I think that’s my main role. There is a two-month lag before Tapi books revenues from new stores, he explains, as it only counts sales once carpets have been fitted. Martin Harris, who left Carpetright last year after 23 years at the business, said he hoped to open the first store this summer. Editorial: 0208 222 0503 In addition to the City of Las Vegas Municipal Courthouse, some of the firm’s recent, notable projects include: “I’m not pitting us against them,” Harris argues. Martin Harris - CEO Willem Tijink - Buying Director. Would he view it as an opportunity to snap up stores, as speculated, or feel a pang of sadness about the death of a former family business? Marylebone, London, W1G 0PG. “I have some great shareholders who support the business all the way through and really believe very strongly in us,” he explains. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. View the profiles of people named Martin Harris. He has made Tapi’s new shops more inviting, with artwork, sofas and its own scent, piped in to seduce shoppers and put them in a calm mood. “It’s a big market, I’m not competing with just them … If that’s what Wilf [Walsh, Carpetright boss] thinks, that’s what Wilf thinks”, and for a moment his yogic calm evaporates. Porter, Larry C. “A Study of the Origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, 1816–1831.” PhD diss., Brigham Young University, 1971. Left carpet from an adjoining room not even underneath the new door bar which I purchased from them. His father first became involved in retail at 15 years old, in 1957, when he was put in charge of the family’s Peckham market stall and two shops. That was until Martin Harris left Carpetright, the company his father founded, to set up its key rival Tapi Carpets. He built the business into Harris Queensway, before selling it in 1988. “Actually, that’s probably one of our biggest strengths as I see it. 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He says: “Tapi is delighted to be partnering with Homebase to provide customers with quality flooring products for projects, big and small. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Tapi’s website describes the company as “one big Tapi family”, and this ethos extends to his hands-on approach with employees. Since then, MHC has expanded throughout the southwest and currently operates in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Utah. A soundtrack of spa-style tunes plays in the background before the sudden interruption of a shouting “Underlay, underlay!” jingle; a toe-curling carpet pun on the “Andale, andale!” catchphrase once used by cartoon Mexican mouse Speedy Gonzales. Martin Harris has been dashing about carpet shops too much to spend time with his three-year-old grandson lately. “After such a hot summer, which we know isn’t the best weather to encourage people to buy carpets, we’ve had a recovery with a bang.”. For over 75 years the Harris family have kept their customer service values at heart, and in 2015 third generation Martin Harris had a vision. James ­Sturrock joins Tapi Carpets on Monday // Tapi Carpets hires former Eve Sleep CEO James ­Sturrock to take top job // Tapi Carpets was set up by Carpetright founder’s son, Martin Harris Tapi Carpets has reportedly appointed the former chief executive of mattress retailer Eve Sleep, James ­Sturrock, to run its carpet-selling business. “We feel that we now have a platform that is now nice and solid, we’re now in a position to continue developing our business.”. Martin Harris will hold the positions of Founder, Managing Director of Retail and Vice Chairman and will be focused on extending Tapi’s leadership in physical showrooms. From Samsung to Walmart, family businesses account for some of the most prominent and successful financial entities on the planet.