M&Z began in 1946 by James J. Macdonald. James, a native of Boston, was sent to Carlisle for fighter pilot training at Dickinson College during the War Effort. After the war, he returned to Carlisle with his bride, Veryl, who was from nearby Mt. Holly Springs. With jobs hard to find after the war, James began refinishing and reupholstering furniture (which he learned from a “how-to” book). The name “M&Z” came from “Macdonald” and “Zell”, who was his partner in the early years.
Area rug cleaning was added into the business the following year. Shortly after that the demand for wall-to- wall carpet was beginning to grow. James capitalized on this by developing a long lasting relationship with Masland Carpets, a major carpet manufacturer in Carlisle, PA. He would regularly take his trucks to the mill to pick up loads of remnants and rolls of carpet. M&Z quickly became one of Masland’s largest customers.
In 1961, M&Z expanded to open another store in Mechanicsburg. Several years later, M&Z crossed the river to Harrisburg. With (3) large stores in central Pennsylvania, M&Z became the area’s premier carpet retailer.
M&Z Carpets continues to clean oriental and area rugs in one of the few remaining rug cleaning plants in the state. Our full service workroom can bind, seam and fringe area rugs. We also clean and repair/refringe oriental rugs. M&Z also sells and installs hardwood flooring, laminate, ceramic tile and vinyl. Each of our stores have a warehouse with thousands of carpet remnants of all sizes, colors and styles. We also have extensive inventory of rolls of carpeting.
M&Z also has a specialty “Commercial Flooring Division”. Our experts are trained in all types of flooring for schools, senior living facilities, churches, businesses, etc. M&Z Commercial Flooring is managed by James Macdonald II, the oldest son.
In 2010, M&Z opened the “Hardwood Flooring Outlet” in the Harrisburg M&Z location. This outlet, a branch of M&Z, carries all major hardwood flooring products at deeply discounted prices. The “Hardwood Flooring Outlet” specializes in stocking of premium hardwood flooring products that will save you up to 70% off regular prices.
M&Z has built its reputation as the areas leading flooring retailer. This is because of our professionally trained sales staff who will help you find the correct flooring choice for your needs, and by our expert flooring installers who have been installing with M&Z for many years.
M&Z is a local family business. James J. Macdonald, the founder, comes to work everyday and monitors the operations. His son Steve, is president. Bill Downs, James’s son in law, is the general manager. Ted Macdonald, another son is in charge of the workroom and cleaning operation.
Stop by one of our convenient locations and experience “The Magic of M&Z”!