Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-833-1113, metroappliancesandmore.com,
Open Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.and Sat., 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The friendly receptionist seated at a large desk is the first thing you’ll see when walking through the door of Metro Appliances & More. Hundreds of products are neatly arranged around the 40,000-square-foot showroom. All of the appliances are grouped by item, making it easy to only browse washers or refrigerators, if that’s the goal. In one corner, a variety of light fixtures hang from the ceiling and in another, a modern display kitchen waits patiently for the next local cooking class.
Metro Appliances & More was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1974 and eventually grew to encompass 10 locations across Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. The company just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. It’s an employee owned corporation, so every employee has a stake in the future of the business. Judy Bilyeu, the corporate marketing director, and Jay Baird, the sales floor manager in Springfield, both play significant roles in the company. Bilyeu, who travels to all the locations on a regular basis, joined the team 12 years ago as marketing director for the Springfield location.
Baird joined the company five and a half years ago, but has 31 years of experience under his belt. He sold his first appliance at 17 years old, and he now deals with pricing issues, maintains the floor and makes sure the store runs smoothly.
The Stuff for Sale
Metro Appliances & More carries 50 brands, including General Electric, Whirlpool and Electrolux. The broad selection of styles makes the store appealing to builders, contractors and homeowners who all come to shop here for high-end products and reasonable prices. Employees on the sales floor are happy to describe how the smartphone-controlled appliances work, show off the eye-catching slate stainless steel refrigerators and introduce you to the integrated dishwashers that blend seamlessly with kitchen cabinets. One of the most impressive items is the Viking professional grade induction range, with the appeal and ease of a glass–top stove but with the power of a gas range.
Metro Appliances & More is great for any budget, style or project. With helpful staff and a great selection, you’d be hard-pressed to leave empty-handed.