What Makes Us Different:
Stewart’s is a privately held company; 1/3 of it is owned by our employees which is critical to our growth and profitability. The Dake family believes in sharing ownership with the people who built the business and feel that their 2/3 ownership is worth more today because of it. Being privately held allows us to make rational, long-term decisions. Stewart’s employees enjoy a high level of involvement and long-term security.
Strong & Stable
The key to our being a financially strong and stable company is that we enjoy people and believe in sharing information, responsibility and growth with employees. We own our real estate and have no debt which helps us operate from a secure position. We can focus on serving customers and having fun.
We provide our shops the service and support they need to serve our customers and build our business. Because we produce or distribute most of the products we sell, we have control over quality, pricing, and product availability to give our customers greater value.
Small is Nicer
Stewart’s may appear to be a large company but we are really 300+ small shops and departments with that small business “feel”. The atmosphere is comfortable and friendly for everyone and allows our employees to get to know our customers. We really are “Closer to You” in more than one way.
Letter from the President
We feel Stewart’s is a truly unique corporation with many advantages benefiting both our customers and employees. Several of our differences have created a positive culture, allowing us to enjoy double-digit growth for decades. Our strong market presence and financial position, along with prime locations really do make us “Closer to you”.
Stewart’s stable, family-owned business has transitioned into an even stronger 1/3 employee- owned business. The Dake family feels that their 2/3 is even more valuable because of employee commitment; the profit sharing program promotes greater involvement and interest in pursuing success with over 10% of each employee’s annual pay added to their account.
Much of our success comes from the integration of our manufacturing and distribution systems, retail and development operations. That same coordination between departments gives our shops the support they need to provide service and value to our customers.
We are really a lot of little businesses that operate under the premise, “small is nicer”. This allows small groups of people (in a shop or department) to interact closely and openly. We try to allow employees the control to grow their careers for personal satisfaction as well as corporate success. While we don’t get it right all of the time, we feel we have a better chance managing with “reasons vs. rules”.
We are closer to you!
Gary Dake, President, Stewart’s Shops