Why choose The Original Lakes Appliance & TV?
The Original Lakes Appliance & TV first came on the scene in Medford, NJ in 1982. It was founded by Ken Sieckman after he left the Maytag Company. Ken felt that he had an original approach to the business by trying to offer every brand at a great price and then provide service on the appliances he sold to try and make customers for life. This approach seemed to take off in the South Jersey marketplace and soon Lakes Appliance & TV expanded into different areas.
At one time or another, Lakes had stores in Turnersville, Woodbury, Gibbsboro, Marlton, and Mt. Holly. By 2005 Lakes Appliance was a $15,000,000 plus company with over 50 employees and growing. At the end of 2006, after 25 years in business, Ken negotiated the sale of his business to one of his employees. Everybody stayed in their jobs and their customers would be in good hands. Obviously not all plans are foolproof and in approximately 2 1/2 years Lakes Appliance & TV closed all their stores.
Months went by and Ken's phone was ringing off the hook. Past customers were looking for help, past employees were looking for work and the money had stopped coming in. Late in 2009 a decision was made to start all over again as "The Original Lakes Appliance & TV". A location was found in Mt. Holly right in front of the old warehouse store. This was perfect; they were back in business in a 3.5% tax zone and once again were members of their original buying group in New York. Lakes' old service department was still in place so they knew they could immediately start serving their customers.
About a year after the Mt. Holly store re-opened, a new location in Medford was found. Ironstone Village, the shopping center right across the street from the old store, became their new Medford home in January 2011. Since then, most of their old customers have come back, and business has grown by the month. Now with two stores, one with lower sales tax, and the support of their old service department to help customers after the sale, Lakes is back to being a leader in the South Jersey marketplace.