ABOUT Our Vacuum Cleaner Store
Here at Bob’s Original Sweeper Shops in Erlanger, Florence and Cold Spring, we focus on helping our customers get exactly what they need. Looking for the best vacuum cleaner for your home? Looking for honest assistance on a vacuum cleaner repair? Or do you simply need some replacement vacuum cleaner bags? Your dirt is our business.
We’ve been a part of the Northern Kentucky community since 1971, when Ron Kirkwood opened the first vacuum cleaner store in Erlanger. He founded his business on a strong work ethic and family values, always reciting mantras like, “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right,” and “It doesn’t cost you a thing to be nice to people.” His son, Bob feels the same way. Since then, Bob and his wife Bonnie have carried on our 45-year tradition of experience, friendly service and honest, expert cleaning advice.
Our PROMISE To You
Ron Kirkwood opened Tri County Kirby Company. The business quickly grew from selling Kirby vacuums door to door to selling and servicing a vast array of the best vacuum cleaner brands. Ron changed the name to Tri County Sweeper and aimed to serve the Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties in Northern Kentucky.
Bob, at the young age of 8, started working in the shop with his dad pricing bags, sweeping floors and moving stock. His mother, Rita, said he smiled since the beginning. Clearly, he was born for customer service!
Bob and Bonnie Kirkwood started dating and Bonnie started helping out at the store too. Thirty years later, she’d help run all three locations alongside her husband, Bob.
Ron Kirkwood knew it was time to expand to a second location and chose Highland Heights, Kentucky in Campbell County. This store was re-located to Cold Spring in April of 2001, where it still remains.
The name of the Tri County Sweeper business was changed to include our family name.
After 20 years of working side by side, Ron Kirkwood retires and passes the reigns of the family vacuum cleaner store to Bob Kirkwood and his wife Bonnie. During these years, several of Bob’s siblings, children, nieces and nephews worked at the store and became a part of the family business and its story.
As Northern Kentucky grew, so did Bob’s Original Sweeper Shop. Together, Ron and Bob opened the Florence location to better serve Boone County.
The original Erlanger location was demolished to make room for a brand new, 5,000 square foot building built to serve our customers even better. And that’s where the spirit of Ron Kirkwood and Bob’s Original Sweeper shop continue today!
After 24 years of operating under their family name, Bob and Bonnie Kirkwood decided to re-brand their business as Bob’s Original Sweeper Shop. As one of the oldest sweeper shops in the area, Bob Kirkwood (and family) has been serving the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky region by providing the very best in customer service, expert advice, and long lasting products.
Another huge milestone for Bob and Bonnie Kirkwood was the move of our Florence store location! After 19 years, it was time to expand, upgrade, and modernize one of our busiest locations!