Local businessman Joe Hadeed scooped up two bankrupt Richmond-based rug cleaning businesses in his carpet empire’s latest round of expansion, company officials announced late last month.
Mercer Rug Cleansing and Victory Rug Cleaning, both owned by the late George Mercer, enjoyed more than 120 years of continuous operation in the Richmond area when their financial troubles took front and center. Hadeed, well known in Alexandria for running his family’s enduring rug cleaning and sales business, took over the two companies following 2011’s bankruptcy proceedings.
No jobs were lost in the transition and Hadeed hopes to add new employees as his reach expands south.
“We recognize the many contributions Mercer has made to the Richmond community and economy over the years,” he said in a statement. “We intend to not only continue those traditions, but to build on them.”