Where It Began: From General Store to Regional Distribution
Ellis Meares and Son, Inc. is a locally owned and operated corporation with family roots
that were planted over one hundred years ago. In 1901, Ellis Meares opened the general
store Ellis Meares and Son, Inc. The store enjoyed great success and by the 1930s had
grown into two thriving businesses: a full-service hardware, appliance and farm goods
store, and the Meares Funeral Home that continues to serve the Fair Bluff, NC
Ellis Meares and Son, Inc., grew steadily as an appliance retailor. In the 1950s, they
established a Wholesale Division to distribute appliances, electronics, furniture, lawn
movers and farm equipment throughout the Carolinas. Also during the 1950s, Carl
Meares, Sr. joined with partners to open a Ford dealership, which grew to four more
dealerships including GM and Chrysler by 1992.
During the 1960s Ellis Meares and Son, Inc. started manufacturing and distributing
fertilizer, becoming at one point the nation’s largest fertilizer distributor.
In 1976, the Atlantic Roofing Distributors Division opened in Fair Bluff, NC, selling
roofing, vinyl siding and windows. They opened a second division in 1997 in Charleston
to serve the commercial construction market. A third division opened in Socastee, SC in
The 1987 acquisition of the Charleston distribution company Gas Engine marked
another milestone for Meares and Son, Inc., and partner Mr. Patrick Gaines. Together
the became DDI/Diversified Distributors. After the 2006 passing of Mr. Gaines, Ellis
Meares and Son, Inc., purchased DDI/Diversified Distributors outright and merged it
back under the Ellies Meares and Son, Inc. corporate umbrella.
Ellis Meares and Son, Inc. opened Plugs Appliances in West Ashley, SC in 2012. The
10,000 square foot showroom houses a massive selection of kitchen appliances,
refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, vacuums, outdoor grills and
The Plugs Promise
We promise the biggest selection and the best service. Plugs Appliances offers a bigger
selection of home appliances, and a higher level of service than you’ll find at big box
chain stores. We are locally owned and operated with more than a century of family
business experience in the Charleston area.
Our brands and selection of kitchen appliances, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and
dryers, air conditioners, vacuums, outdoor grills and bedding is enormous. Whether you
know exactly what you want or you need a knowledgeable sales professional to guide
you to the perfect product, Plugs Appliances will get you there.
With an average experience of 10 years, our sales professionals are among the most
knowledgeable and experienced in the appliance and electronic industry. The Plugs
Appliance sales team is here to serve you!
Plugs Appliances Showroom
Our brand new 10,000 square foot showroom is located at 1903 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407. Come see our beautifully displayed products and appliances in
person so you can see and feel exactly what you’re considering for your home.
Plugs Appliances Delivery and Installers
Your purchase is not complete until it is delivered and installed to meet your satisfaction.
Instead of a third party, the Plugs Appliances team delivers and installs your new home
Plugs Appliances Customer Service
We are truly grateful for your business and strive to express that to you. Our full-time
service manager oversees a team of experienced and skilled technicians to ensure your
expectations are exceeded.