2018 became a landmark year for Kathleen P. at Ledyard, CT. Her 41 years long awaited dream became a reality when Express Kitchens offered her what no one else could think of: – a sense of contentment after her kitchen installation was complete. Find below Kathleen’s narrative of her happy memories with us.

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Thank you for all your help in making my kitchen become a reality!  I have lived in my house for 41 years and until this past May had the original kitchen.  Although I painted the cabinets and decorated the kitchen, the kitchen was in dire need of a remodel.  Problem was, I could not afford to do anything until I was left a small inheritance.  For me it was a major undertaking.  My favorite color is blue and I knew I wanted a checkered white and blue porcelain floor.  The problem was finding it!  Blue was unheard of!  But I finally did locate it and once I got the ball rolling the project went full steam ahead.  I got everything packed up and moved out and friends came and spent two days helping me rip out the old flooring and cabinets, I got the walls and trim painted and the floors were installed.  You had designed my kitchen following pretty much the same foot print with a couple of major differences, I finally got a pantry and instead of two “dead end” corner cabinets where things went never to be seen again, I was given two lazy susans as well as two upper corner wall cabinets, one with glass to display a few items.

The cabinet install was done beautifully by Brian Smith.  His workmanship and attention to detail was very impressive.  Brian spent two days here, one of them working until 9 at night to finish.  He cleaned up after himself and was also very pleasant to have in my home.  The countertop measurement man came and did a thorough job of getting it right and asking me where I would prefer to have the seams.  A week or so later the installers came and made quick work of installing the granite.  They too worked very well and did a wonderful job. 

I am so pleased with my white cabinets, something I always wanted. I never was a fan of colored or stainless appliances and preferred white appliances and white cabinets before white cabinets were the trend.  I went with colors I wanted.  If I have any regrets it is that I chose granite for the countertops because I don’t care for the shine, I should have stuck with my first choice, which was white Formica!  I know, probably the only woman in the world who would pick Formica over granite!  I really like the beauty of the blue pearl granite.  It is difficult for me to get used to a dark counter since I always had a light one.  But once I get a backsplash installed in white to go with the cabinets it will be fine.  Everyone who sees it loves it.  I have only had one glitch with the cabinets in that one door needs to be replaced because it arrived a bit too short.  I believe you have gotten the issue addressed and I will be receiving the correct door soon.

I waited so long for a new kitchen and am extremely pleased with the quality of the cabinets and the install.  I looked several places and your price and quality could not be beat.  I knew in my mind what I wanted and the second I looked in the storefront window and saw the white Shaker cabinets on display I knew that is what I wanted.  I didn’t have to look at anything else.  I love the soft close drawers and I especially like the drawers to hold the pots and pans.  No more dropping everything out of a cabinet to get to the pan I want.  I finally have a place to store all of my Christmas dishes and get them out of boxes in the basement.  Now I will actually use them.  The layout is basically the same as the old kitchen with some much needed upgrades and improvements. This was a major project for me to undertake as I arranged for the other trades to coordinate with your installers.  But I am happy with the end result. 

I have a friend who built a new house with all top end finishes.  He is doing some work for me as far as lighting and re-hanging the basement door and new locks, etc.  He is a woodworker having made the cabinets in his first home.  When he took a close look at the quality of the cabinets, he was very impressed.  I considered that high praise and felt even better about my choice.  Thank you.

Kathy

December 3rd, 2018

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Express Kitchens, the fastest-growing kitchen cabinet and countertop retailer in the Northeast, is celebrating the Grand Opening of its 3 new store locations, namely at Southington, CT; Springfield, MA and Holyoke, MA on Saturday November 17th. The occasion of Grand opening is honored to have presence of high-profile dignitaries, which include Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke, MA and Seth Tenenbaum, Ambassador with The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce.

CEO of Express Kitchens, Max Kothari, said, “We have been successful in building trust amongst our loyal clients and customers offering supreme quality of kitchen cabinets, countertops and accessories at competitive prices. We are looking to expand our customer base and our new stores, at Massachusetts and Connecticut is a step closer to fulfill our goal. We are excited to be in the growing markets here.”

The local administration at Connecticut and Massachusetts is working very closely with businesses to help them grow and create good-paying jobs and ensure equal pay for equal work. They have extended cooperation and support to Express Kitchens at all times in ensuring that we continue offering services and grow our business. This new retail store locations at Springfield, MA; Holyoke, MA; and Southington, CT will certainly offer ample buying options to people and the new retail store will certainly motivate small businesses to think and align their business strategy of investing in these regions.

Express Kitchens offers one-stop shopping for the kitchen homeowner and professional remodeler. We offer free 3D design services, allowing the homeowner to envision their finished kitchen before the project begins. For the professional remodeler, we have our own on-site cabinet shop, laminate countertop shop, and granite shop so we can provide same-day cabinets and countertops at extremely affordable prices.

In 2014, Express Kitchens was the winner of Forbes Magazine Inner City 100 with a growth rate of 172% over 5 years. Express Kitchens has grown to 16 retail stores across Connecticut and Massachusetts with a consistent revenue growth. The company’s focus on customer service has established itself as an industry leader.

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford (2), Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield and Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop in to a store, call us at (860) 247-1000, email us at info@expresskitchen.net or visit www.expresskitchen.net.

Catch us LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on your favorite radio stations – WMAS (Holyoke, MA), WAQY (Springfield, MA) and WRCH (Southington, CT). Walk-in customers at our new stores between 11 am till 1 pm can win exciting prizes on November 17, 2018.

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Exclusive Promotional Offer:

Express Kitchens is offering $250 off on purchase of Star Cabinetry kitchen. The Offer is applicable at all retail store locations across Connecticut and Massachusetts.

November 16th, 2018

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Having its headquarters at Connecticut, Express Kitchens is opening its first dedicated Technology Centre in India at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The opening of the new office premises resonates with Express Kitchens’ ambition of strengthening its footprint and developing local team in India. Express Kitchens is a pioneer in Kitchen Design, Installation and Remodeling services across Connecticut and Massachusetts and is rapidly expanding its retail base in USA. With the new operational Technology Centre in Gujarat, Express Kitchens is also exploring market to tap potential opportunities for setting up business in India, which is world’s fastest growing economy.

 

With more than 15 years in operations at USA, Express Kitchens is now eying strategic tie-ups and collaborations with technology-focused and innovation-driven institutions to explore untapped business opportunities in India. Keeping its basic business policy intact, Express Kitchens is looking forward to develop deep understanding of Indian consumers and then tailor the products and services to meet the needs of the marketplace. 

The long-term strategic objective will be to work closely with organizations to come up with a business model customized for the Indian consumers. Express Kitchens aim to work closely with customers to establish a trusting relationship in order to implement the best solutions for ensuring real value for business.

Express Kitchens is looking to leverage the technological advancements in India to improvise and better its services to existing customers. In initial phase, the Indian operations will primarily assist the Express Kitchen’s existing operations in USA to provide technology support services in the area of IT operations, Back Office and Accounting Management as well as Civil Construction services. Express Kitchens is planning to grow in India and is ramping up the hiring.

The Indian office will simplify system complexities and resolve issues in real-time thereby improving efficiency of services. Beyond assisting clients with technology solutions, Express Kitchens looks to leverage the robust prospects in India to attract, retain and grow new talent.  

Chief Executive Officer of Express Kitchens, Max Kothari, said “Express Kitchens is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open our new technology centre in India. With new breakthrough technologies like Artificial Intelligence-powered conversation platforms, we will be able to create more sophisticated team of professionals that possess deep knowledge about our products. With Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality technologies reaching a greater level of maturity, we expect to see these technologies used more in technology support operations.”  

Elaborating on Express Kitchen’s growth and expansion plans for retail business, Max Kothari, said, “By having own staff exclusively trained for the commercialization and support of our products, we can guarantee a high quality service for our customers. In today’s digital age where cloud and AI are driving the way technology is designed, managed, and delivered, the traditional ‘break-fix’ support models are no longer practical. Technology support services professionals at Express Kitchens are working hard to transform their own practices to align with ongoing software innovations.

October 14th, 2018

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The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, so it’s no wonder that kitchen designs are such big business in the interior design world. Kitchen renovation or kitchen remodeling is a huge project and a major investment in your home. There are many different styles of kitchen designs and choosing which style is right for your home is the first step. Express Kitchens offer important design ideas to plan for kitchen renovation or installation of new kitchen.

 

There are really only two things that affect a kitchen style – your own personal preferences for look and feel as well as the style of your home. Your new kitchen will reflect your personality, but because the kitchen remodel is such a large investment you may not want to let your design style run wild. Instead consider the overall style of your home and plan for a kitchen that blends well with its surroundings.

There are really only three types of kitchen styles: traditional, contemporary and transitional. Many other style names that you may have heard of, such as rustic or French country, are actually a subset of one of these three.  You’ll find coastal, colonial, old world, country, French country and rustic styles grouped within the traditional style category.  Likewise, the contemporary category may include modern and mid-century styles. The transitional style category blends the best elements of both traditional and contemporary styles to create a fresh, updated look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before selecting your style check other resources on the internet, TV and magazines to truly match your style with your personality and the look of your home. The costing plays an important in the decision-making process of installing new kitchen at your home and it is empirical for all to keep a watch on the ongoing promotional offers of kitchen designers, installers and manufacturers.

TRADITIONAL

Traditional kitchens are a classic style of kitchen, and typically have many architectural details and embellishments that contradict today’s modern, simplistic tendencies. These embellishments can include corbels, cabinet door arches and moldings, decorative glass doors, hutch-style cabinets and elegant furniture posts.  

Traditional kitchens typically feature framed, raised-panel cabinetry, and are often accented with ornate light fixtures and classic style hardware. You may also find traditional kitchens will most likely use warm color wood species such as maple, cherry and oak that showcases the natural beauty of the wood cabinetry. Traditional cabinets may be finished with a wood stain or paint.

CONTEMPORARY OR MODERN

While many people associate contemporary kitchens with modern kitchens, this is not necessarily the case. Contemporary, by definition, means “of the moment” or “current”. Contemporary kitchens feature many of the current design trends and cutting-edge design elements.

Modern kitchen design is very simplistic and, at times, industrial. Modern kitchens tend to feature full-access cabinetry with a flat-panel (slab) cabinet finishes and simple hardware, giving the kitchen an overall sleek look. Clean, horizontal lines are also an important element in modern kitchen design. You will not find many ornamental elements in modern kitchens because of the category’s overall simple nature. The main emphasis of a modern kitchen will be clean and simple that emphasizes unbroken horizontal lines and details that contribute to the overall sleek look, such as minimal moldings, simple door shapes and no ornate details.

 

TRANSITIONAL

Arguably the easiest and most popular style today, the transitional kitchen combines features of both traditional and modern design. The transitional style really is a crossover look that will blend elements such as texture, colors, flooring, lightning, and highlight appliances rather than hiding them behind wooden panels.

Design lines will be softer and lean towards the simple and linear and will not be heavy with decorative accents. The transitional kitchen style will simply be a comfortable mix of styles. Homeowners often use natural surfaces for their countertops, such as granite, quartz, marble, or wood, but with simple edge profiles.

 

Choosing the Right Style

Take your time when selecting a style for your kitchen. Consider your tastes and preferences, as well as how you plan to use the room. Select a style that you find visually appealing and that will be as functional as it is attractive.

October 3rd, 2018

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While considering the option of renovating your kitchen, the most important aspect is the design element of your kitchen. The secret of designing lies in exploring the creative element which gives emotional comfort and satisfaction to family. It also adds to the magic of using the kitchen in the best manner possible. The finesse in design adds the element of convenience to the art of cooking as well as inspires women to use kitchen space in the best possible manner.  Here are few tips that will help you get the most value out of your design consultation for your kitchen renovation.

Re-imagine your kitchen with innovative ideas:

You should start by cutting out photographs from books and magazines related to interior designing and lifestyle and printing images from the web to create your own little scrapbook of things. It is important that you use a post-it note on photographs and write the reason you selected that particular photo. The reason can include the most striking feature of the photograph that prompted you to select it and what appealed to you, when you looked at the photograph for the first time. Therefore, it is very important that you capture that reason on a post it note attached to the photo.

 

Create a delightful wish list:

Your wish list should include specific things that you’re trying to add or change about your existing kitchen. Carefully observe your kitchen and analyze what you like and dislike about your present space. Prepare a wishful list of things that you feel should be replaced or add new kitchen accessories. Are appliances outdated? Is the space unattractive? Is it inefficient? Do you need more counter space? Do you want more storage? Write it all down. Do you like the lighting? Do you want to keep the garden view? Write that down too.

 

Do basic research on your preferred and widely used appliances:

A basic online research on new and trendy appliances will be of immense help to you to get an idea of what kind of things are out there and what kind of budget range there is in your appliance selection. This will also help you establish a general category you want to be in. Your kitchen designer, at Express Kitchens, will help you refine your final choices to suit your needs. Your kitchen designer can give you a good comparative that might be a better choice, or fill you in on customer feedback by telling you what other clients liked or didn’t like about features of the appliances they selected. You need to determine how much money you want to allocate and what features are important to you.

 

Measurements of your existing kitchen are important:

At Express Kitchens, our experts will visit your house to take measurements of your existing kitchen at no additional cost. Think about the budget you are considering for the whole renovation. Then, call to make an appointment for your free pre-design consultation. Allow for a 1 to 1-1/2 hours discussion during your free consultation.

If you come to your free kitchen design consultation with all this information, we will be able to give you a wealth of additional information, ideas, style suggestions, and redesign possibilities. We will talk about functions and features that may help your particular situation and have a general discussion about kitchen budgets relative to your wish list. You will most certainly leave the meeting with good value.

August 1st, 2018

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Opens 14th store in Southington

                  

Connecticut, July 18, 2018:

Headquartered at Hartford, CT, Express Kitchens has expanded its reach in Southington town with the opening of its new store at Patten Brook Plaza, Queen Street, CT. Express Kitchens are pioneers in the kitchen renovation and re-modeling business and is the fastest growing kitchen cabinet retailer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The opening of Express Kitchen’s new store will allow easy access, convenience and comfort to citizens and residents of Southington and nearby towns in Connecticut.

Southington is amongst growing communities in the Hartford County and offers great prospects for growing businesses in Connecticut. Express Kitchen’s new store at Southington is a sign of growth for company’s increasing popularity in Connecticut. CEO of Express Kitchens, Max Kothari, said, “We have been successful in building trust amongst our loyal clients and customers offering supreme quality of kitchen cabinets, countertops and accessories at competitive prices. We are looking to expand our customer base in Connecticut and our new store, at Southington, is a step closer to fulfill our goal. We are excited to be in Southington market.”

Express Kitchens offers its own brand of all-wood Star Cabinetry and the Star Stone brand, offering 4 colors of granite and 8 colors of quartz countertops to its in-stock lineup, vaulting it ahead of its big-box competitors. Express Kitchens has maintained steady momentum and growth in its operations over the past 16 years and intends to continue that growth moving forward.

Speaking about organization’s unwavering focus on customer service, Max Kothari added that the company’s marketing and sales operations have witnessed an exponential growth since past couple of years. As an organization, Express Kitchens has maintained its focus on designing innovative kitchens, keeping in line with ongoing and upcoming trends in the kitchen remodeling business. Our business approach is simple – execute projects with utmost integrity and commitment towards servicing needs of our clients and customers, adds Kothari.

In 2014, Express was the winner of Forbes Magazine Inner City 100 with a growth rate of 172% over 5 years. To date, Express Kitchens has installed over 22 thousand kitchens in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Express Kitchens has grown to 13 retail stores across Connecticut with a consistent revenue growth. The company’s focus on customer service has established itself as an industry leader.

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford (2), Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop in to a store, call them at (860) 247-1000, email us at Marketing@expresskitchen.net or visit www.expresskitchen.net.

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July 18th, 2018

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For all good reasons, this kitchen cabinet installation company has certainly lived up to its slogan – ‘growing growing growing’, as they say in their advertisements. They provide options for homeowners, who are not willing to spend an exorbitant amount on kitchen renovation, and extend very fast installation service. They are relatively less expensive than the big chains and I had a pleasant experience working with the company representatives.

After living for five years in our Westport house, we decided to renovate the kitchen. As our house was old and we believed that future owner would need to spend a bit of time and money on upgradation, we were reluctant to invest in kitchen. However, when we drove past Express Kitchens’ new Norwalk franchise, we took a chance and asked them to put together a plan for a timeless, simple kitchen. The designer, we worked with, was quite proficient with the planning software and gladly met us a couple times to make changes. We chose one of their more expensive cabinet lines that had taller base cabinets, and it was still cheaper than other suppliers’ pricing for a similar product. There were many stone counters to choose from as well as a few sinks and hardware.

Once we made our deposit, Express Kitchen headquarters in Hartford coordinated the two day install schedule via e mail and text. The ladies, who do the scheduling, were accommodating and courteous. Express Kitchens showed up at the planned time and completed the entire install in exactly two days (yes, it was quite amazing!). The carpenters, who did all the work, were very skilled craftsmen, and made sure everything was perfect. They were amicable and polite, and cleaned up too! A month after the project was complete, I called Express Kitchens to put in an additional shelf and filler piece, which they promptly ordered and scheduled for a couple weeks later.

My kitchen is very pretty and already two of our friends want to work with them.

 

June 21st, 2018

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The following Express Kitchens locations will be open at 9am (normally 12pm) TODAY 3/02:

Waterbury

Newington

Brookfield

Orange

Hamden

West Springfield

Hartford

Bridgeport

Norwalk

Stamford

Torrington

New London

March 2nd, 2018

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Natural stone countertops can transform a kitchen into a beautiful gathering spot. Natural stone lasts a lifetime, its durability stands up to busy households, and a wide variety of colors and styles make it perfect for any décor. Here are four questions to help you choose the best stone for your kitchen.

 1. How does my lifestyle impact my choice of stone?

Understanding a home’s dynamics is the most important consideration when choosing stone, says Caela Manninen, showroom representative for Welch Tile & Marble in Kent City, Michigan. She likes to steer busy families toward granite.

“It’s so durable and versatile,” she says. “It’s a good workhorse countertop. I typically like to recommend mid to darker colors to avoid staining.”

 There are options if you have your heart set on white stone, says Tania Kalentzos, marketing director for MARVA Marble & Granite in Richmond, Va.“White marble is everyone’s quintessential choice, but if you have young children and entertain a lot. you can achieve that look with less maintenance,” she says. “Granite is always an excellent option for countertops; it meets the needs of homeowners desiring added durability and offers a variety of options in lighter designs. Another popular alternative is quartz. It demonstrates excellent durability as well, but gets even closer to mimicking more marble-like color tones.”

 2. What finish should I choose?

Natural stone comes in a variety of finishes. Polished is best if you want keep it looking nice, says Manninen. “Honed and brushed can be difficult to keep up with unless you’re going to enhance them to their darkest point. That finish shows every little thing that goes wrong.”

 Or you could embrace it, suggests Dave Scott, CEO of Slabworks of Montana in Bozeman, Montana.

“A lovely Italian gentleman once told me to think of honed marble as a fine leather handbag that will wear and show a patina,” he says. “Countertops that show wear are a sign of great hospitality.”

 3. What kind of care does stone require?

Natural stone is durable, but every material requires basic care, says Scott. “It’s important to match the right stone to your comfort level so that you’ll be happy with it years later,” he says. “Do you own it, or does it own you?”

Stone surfaces can be cleaned with a soap made for natural stone or a mild liquid detergent. Some stones, such as marble, require extra attention. “Marble is a calcite-based stone and will react with acids, such as wine, lemon juice, vinegar or even coffee and olive oil,” he says. “It will cause an irreversible chemical reaction that is etched on surface. With marble, you need to stay on top of wiping up spills.”

 4. Is it important to choose a specific slab?

Yes, says Kalentzos. “Take your time and enjoy the process. Mother Nature made this treasure and it should be enjoyed for years to come. Each piece has its own characteristics. Find one you love. It’s art for your home —the focal point of the room — and it should speak to you and reflect your personality.”

February 1st, 2018

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Express Kitchens is the fastest-growing kitchen cabinet retailer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Headquartered in Hartford, CT,  Express Kitchens has just opened its 12th retail location at 1280 East Main Street in Torrington. 

Owner Max Kothari credits his company’s unprecedented growth to an approach that is radically different from his competition: “Our goal is to cut out the middle man and offer true value and one-stop shopping to kitchen remodelers. Someone can walk in to any one of our stores with measurements and pick up their entire new kitchen from our Hartford warehouse in just one hour! Nobody else comes close to doing that.” His approach includes maintaining over 30,000 cabinets in 10 door styles in-stock and ready to go, as well as granite, quartz, and laminate countertops and a selection of add ons – hardware, faucets, sinks, and accessories, all available for pickup in an hour.

Kothari’s approach seems to be working: the company grew 50% from 8 stores to 12 in 2017, with plans to double in size in the first half of 2018. Express Kitchens, Kothari says, offers its own brand of all-wood Star Cabinetry and has just added the Star Stone brand, offering 4 colors of granite and 8 colors of quartz countertops to its in-stock lineup, vaulting it ahead of its big-box competitors. “People get value and a level of service from Express Kitchens that the bigger stores cannot match – personal dedication  and attention to detail make all the difference.”

Express Kitchens’ headquarters is located in the north end of Hartford, where it is dedicated to community enrichment and hiring a diverse workforce that is the represents the best of what Hartford has to offer. When asked what drives the company to be successful, Kothari’s business partner says “we have the rare ability to constantly reinvent ourselves to outcompete our rivals.”

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford, Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop in to a store, call them at (860) 247-1000, or go to www.expresskitchen.net.

January 23rd, 2018

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