BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — Talk about painting the town — or the county — red. Or blue. Or the ever-popular gray.
Modern Paint, which dates to 1926 New Rochelle, continues to expand across the region. Its eighth store will open Wednesday, May 17 in Bedford Hills.
The father/daughter duo behind it — lifelong New Ro residents Elliot and Laurie Kracko — have been expanding like crazy since forming The Modern Paint Group in April 2015.
Within 90 days of first joining forces — Elliot had owned the store since 2009 with another partner but Laurie bought out the partner in 2015 — the two have expanded to seven additional locations in Katonah, Lewisboro, Ardsley, and a second store in New Rochelle.
The group is also in Rockland, with stores in Pomona and Nanuet.
And future expansion is not off the table. “My father is an entrepreneur and is always looking for the next exciting business opportunity,” said Laurie.
Laurie attributes their success to the company’s knowledgeable staff and designers who help and guide customers from the moment they enter the store.
“That’s something you do not get at a big box chain,” she said.
Another point of difference: Modern Paint is New York State WBE Certified, meaning woman owned and operated.
“Our Chief Operating Officer Maura McCosker and I run the day to day operations of the business,” she explained.
“Maura has 32 years of experience in the paint industry and this certification allows us to go after government funded projects that require minority participation.”
Modern Paint of Bedford Hills will have its grand opening Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is at 180 Route 117 ByPass Rd., (914) 864-1441, www.modernpaint.com
Local Women Take Westchester’s
The Modern Paint Group to New Heights
Woman Owned & Operated Retailer Expands To 9 Outlets
Ranks as One of the Largest Independent
Hardware/Home-Improvement/Building Supply Chain in Westchester/Rockland Area.
New Rochelle, New York – April X, 2016 – – Extending a local family’s service-driven commitment to the burgeoning residential and commercial market place in Westchester and Rockland Counties, Laurie Kracko and Maura McCosker announce the expansion and new ownership of The Modern Paint Group that was founded in New Rochelle.
Under the leadership of Ms. Kracko, daughter of well-known businessman Elliot Kracko, and Ms. McCosker, whose family owned the flagship Modern Paint & Hardware store in New Rochelle, dating back to 1978, The Modern Paint Group has opened eight additional locations in Westchester and Rockland Counties in the past 12 months. Now, with nine full-service paint and hardware locations in Ardsley, Lewisboro/Cross River, Katonah, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle ( 3 locations ), and in Nanuet and Pomona, Modern Paint offers a complete line of paint, building supplies, hardware and a comprehensive department for home design.
“The Modern Paint Group is registered with New York City, Westchester and Rockland Counties, as a Woman-Owned-Business, with certification in process – – enabling contractors to purchase from our company in connection with Government-funded projects,” said owner, Laurie Kracko.
The Modern Paint Group expanded by acquiring existing hardware stores, as well as by opening new locations in Westchester and Rockland. Expert paint, hardware, home design and building supply professionals remained as part of the expanded team. In total, the group is staffed by more than 70 employees. “As we have expanded to become one of the largest independent paint and hardware brands in the region, what sets us apart is our company-wide dedication to service, from concept to completion, for every customer – delivered by established professionals who live and work in the area,” said Kracko.
“Customers in each of our locations know that we combine a unique blend of customer service, extensive product knowledge and a flair for making design and building dreams come true,” McCosker added.
Comprehensive Product/Service Lines
As an independent retailer, Modern Paint and Hardware offers the largest choices and inventory in the two counties and is among the area’s most sought after alternative to big box and depot outlets for discriminating do-it-yourselfers and contractors looking for the best balance of advice, service, professional experience and product selection with a modern, up-to-date sensibility, Kracko explained. The home design department is headed by Cheryl Reagan, a Westchester interior designer with 27 years experience.
The Modern Paint Group provides a complete line of paint, hardware, lumber, home design services and products including: Paints from Benjamin Moore, PPG/Pittsburgh, California, Fine Paints of Europe, as well as The Modern Paint Group Private Label brand;
A complete home design department featuring Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Graber Window Products, wallpaper and custom fabrics from Thibaut, Anna French, Cole & Sons, Philip Jeffries, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Beacon Hill, Highland Court;
Upholstery services, fans, lighting, as well as architectural hardware including hinges and knobs.
Additionally, Modern Paint also provides a complete line of building supplies including:
Windows and doors from Marvin (the first new retailer of Marvin Windows in Westchester in the last
15 years), Weather Shield and Atrium Windows and Doors;
Repair and construction grade lumber;
Sand, cement and gravel;
Roofing, siding, decking, trim, sheet rock, studs and other builder supplies;
A complete line of power tools for contractors and DIY’ers;
Plumbing, electrical, hand tools and paint sundries;
Weber Grills and accessories (as a Master Dealer).
Kracko and McCosker are no strangers to this business. Hardware and building supplies are in their blood. Laurie Kracko noted that “my father and his business partner, Vincent Farrell, have owned masonry supply yards in Westchester and Rockland for years. I worked for my father at the yards and got a taste for the business right out of college.”
According to Ms. McCosker, “it has long been my dream to expand Modern Paint and Hardware across the region. I began my career at age 12, mixing paint and selling hardware in New Rochelle. Today, the original New Rochelle store is 90 years old, and this expansion continues my family’s proud tradition of service to the community.”
On April 25th – 28th, The Modern Paint Group will conduct four days of special promotional events, “The Modern Paint Group Pro Show Road Show,” as part of Modern’s “Contractor Days” to celebrate their first year of operation. Vendors will show their wares, and there will be food, prizes and other promotions during this time.
The Road Show will appear Monday April 25 in Lewisboro/Cross River, Tuesday, April 26 in Nanuet, Wednesday, April 27 in Katonah and Thursday, April 28 in New Rochelle South Side. During this period Westchester and Rockland customers will also receive a 10% off discount when mentioning this promotion.