About Us

A.C. Carlson grew up during the depression in Center City Minnesota, the youngest of seven children. Difficult family circumstances subjected him to the hardship of poverty and the need to compete. Competition is something he has strived on throughout his life. When asked where he got his idea he could become a successful businessman he quickly responded that it was when he first discovered that people would pay 5 cents for a full can of angleworms. He has been in business ever since.

Success has not come without hard work and dedicated employees. In 1954 the A.C. Carlson store opened in Crystal, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis). In June of 1982 his store was completely destroyed by fire. Since then, two new stores have been built including the current beautiful 17,000 square foot showroom and warehouse in New Hope, Minnesota which opened in 2005.

A.C.'s son, Dave Carlson, joined the firm in 1982 after graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College with a business degree. Dave contributes the success of the business to the "dedication and hard work of employees, they are our greatest asset."

Because A.C. Carlson is family owned and community based, they gladly serve you and the greater community. You can have peace of mind and trust when you visit or telephone A.C. Carlson, knowing you will receive prompt and professional assistance, delivery, installation and service.

In memory of A.C. Carlson, our founder, my father. 1926-2016

Not only did my father leave a legacy in the local business community, but he also will be remembered in the organizations he championed and the people he helped. Sure, he took pride in our sales accomplishments and in our appliance store on Bass Lake Road in New Hope, MN (there is not a nicer store in the Twin Cities) but " A.C." took exceptional pride in his family, his toastmaster club, the chamber of commerce, community theater, public speaking, youth leadership, his local church, "community night out" and many more local programs.

Some of you may remember our reader board signs my father cited on Bass Lake Road over the years: many of them worth quoting. Here's one to leave you with:

"We make a living by what we get...
We make a life by what we give"

Thanks dad for your life and all you gave.

Dave Carlson, President A.C. Carlson