Carbone Floral Distributors had its modest beginning back in 1952 when Robert J. Carbone started pedaling buckets of gladiolas in his car. Soon his small distributing endeavors were proving profitable. The following year he went into business for himself. In those early years, Carbone went from shop to shop establishing a customer base and a reputation for handling quality Florist Fresh® products. From the beginning, Carbone has sought only the highest quality and freshest flowers.
In 1957 – just 5 years after embarking on his own – Carbone opened his first location in Cranston, RI. Thus was born the R.J. Carbone Company Wholesale Florist. Like the products he distributed, growth was rapid. In 1968 the business was moved to Warwick, RI where he had constructed his own building. Over the next two decades the Warwick building had two additions constructed, until the company, renamed Carbone Floral Distributors, returned to Cranston in 1991. There an 80,000 square-foot building had been erected in the Howard Industrial Park.
Today Carbone Floral Distributors is a full-service wholesaler with 3 departments – fresh flowers, greenhouse plants, and floral hardgoods. Carbone’s Hardgoods Department contains nearly 8,000 items including glassware, pottery, baskets, and other containers, ribbons, silk and dried flowers, and home décor. The Fresh Flowers Department showcases 250 varieties of fresh flowers and cut greens brought in from four continents. Carbone Floral Distributors is the exclusive distributor of high quality Florist Fresh®, Americana Products, and Rio Roses® for the entire New England region. In the Greenhouse and Plant Department over 100 varieties of flowering and foliage plants are sold throughout the year for all seasons.
Presently Carbone Floral Distributors has locations throughout New England: its headquarters in Cranston, Rhode Island; sales space in the Boston Flower Exchange, Boston, Massachusetts; and another distribution center in Derry, New Hampshire. Combined Carbone employees are working hard year-round to meet the demand of customer satisfaction . . . Your satisfaction! RJ Carbone Co.is a proud memeber of the Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association. Robert Carbone served has president from 1988-89.