The WWII years took their toll, with extensive shortages of material and manpower creating an incredibly challenging time for the business, and Guy Paulson passed away in July of 1948. Richard G. Paulson, Sr., his son, assumed responsibility for the Portland business, while Guy's nephew Robert D. Paulson took over the Washington stores, although the Spokane store closed a few years after this transition.
In 1949, a Portland branch was opened in the Hollywood district, which at that time was an incredibly vibrant retail business district, second only to downtown Portland's prominence in the area. Shortly after opening, the store was renamed Hollywood Floors, and when the Portland headquarters moved to N.E. 31st and Sandy Blvd., the name was discontinued, and the downtown Portland store was closed.
In 1969, the Paulson's opened up Warehouse Floors, to cater to the growing DIY market. In 1971, they constructed a new building in the Market Place Center of Mountain Park in Lake Oswego, focusing on the burgeoning upscale market of that area. In 1981 Paulson's opened their Gresham store, followed by opening the largest floor covering store in Oregon in 1987, at our current Tigard building on Cascade Boulevard.
Then in 1989, Paulson's opened an entirely new concept in floor covering sales: Manufactures Carpet Outlet, or “M.C.O.”, sold to state-licensed contractors and dealers throughout the Northwest. In 1991 Paulson's forged a partnership with a new national purchasing network, and this operation became Pro-Source Wholesale Floor Coverings. In 1990, the Lake Oswego store was moved to a new ultra-modern store in the Director's Furniture building of Tualatin.