Another family business fails to make it past the third generation curse as Buchheit Appliances is sold.
After nearly four decades in the appliance business and serving three generations of customers, Jim Buchheit is retiring. He recently sold his business, Buchheit Appliance of Calmar, to Amy Christensen of Decorah. “There are two extremely important assets in this business. The most important is my employees. Second is my loyal customers I have today. I honestly can say I sold to and serviced grandparents, parents and children,” Buchheit said. “Three generations of the same family … that loyalty goes through the family ranks. It’s very rewarding. That’s why I claim them as assets — my customers who return to purchase appliances when they need them. They are the reason we’re still here.”