December 5, 2018

THERESA JAVA/Free Press
Mike Boullosa, left, and Nick Grayson are pictured with some of their stocked electrician tools.

THERESA JAVA/Free Press Mike Boullosa, left, and Nick Grayson are pictured with some of their stocked electrician tools.

ISLAMORADA — Consolidated Electrical Distributors opened earlier this year at the entrance to the Venetian Shores neighborhood.

The location serves as the median point between its Miami and Key West locations. CED Islamorada, one of more than 600 supply houses across the U.S., is operated by Nick Grayson, Mike Boullosa and Anthony Gregis.

Grayson, a former electrician, said he enjoys working at CED, where the only challenge is fitting all the electrical supplies in the store space.

“This is one of the best companies I’ve worked for,” he said.

CED is based in Irving, Texas, where it began in 1957. It ranked 89th in Forbes’ 100 largest privately-owned companies with more than 6,200 employees. It is operated on a profit-sharing model.

“CED is an electrician’s dream come true. We have everything here. We carry Square D breakers, which I was never able to find down here,” Grayson said. He said he’s able to advise customers based on his knowledge as an electrician.

CED carries wire, conduit, hardware, meters, Klein tools, toolboxes, landscape lighting, specialty lighting and even lighted fishing lures.

“If there’s something that someone asks for and we don’t have it, we’ll get it in,” Grayson said.

Serving customers is Boullosa’s focus.

“We always go the extra mile. People can call us with their material list and we get it ready, or we deliver it.”

Between foot traffic, Boullosa readies orders or organizes inventory.

“Everyone has their own name for things. There’s a lot of terminology used for supplies, so it’s important to know exactly where everything is,” Boullosa said.

CED Islamorada offers customers coffee K-cups, snacks and water. Boullosa said the “treat shelf” is very popular.

Ozzy Fernandez, an electrician with Brown’s Quality Electric, is a regular customer.

“Electrical is different in the Keys. The building codes are different here, saltwater gets in everything,” he said. “This place has it all.”

CED Islamorada offers free delivery to contractor, business and residential account holders from Key Largo to Marathon. There’s no minimum order for deliveries, and Boullosa said the service saves customers a great deal of time.

“There’s only a little bit of paperwork involved. Homeowners can have accounts as well to take advantage of our contractor pricing,” Grayson said. “We are priced very competitively.”

CED Islamorada is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. It’s located at 110 Porto Salvo Drive on Plantation Key. For more information, visit cedsouthflorida.com or call 305-946-1930.

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