Kirkwood History

Kirkwood’s Sweeper is a third generation business that was founded by Mark Kirkwood. Mark has been personally involved in the vacuum cleaner business since 1971, when he started out helping his father sell Kirby door-to-door by knocking doors to get leads. His father Ron opened the direct sales office in Florence, KY, with a service department in-house. This business quickly evolved into a retail sales and service store, with the door-to-door sales disappearing. The family also added central vacuum systems. In 1973 Mark first learned how to install central vacuum systems at the HP Products factory in Ohio, and has been selling and installing them for over 45 years. While in college at UK in Lexington, Mark worked for a Top 40 Kirby Distributor, and won many sales awards. After working for a while as a CPA, he started a new company called “The Sweeper Shop” in 1982. Mark applied knowledge acquired from his father at Tri-County Sweeper, and from his mentor at Lexington Vacuum Cleaner Co.


Today, Mark’s son Christopher helps run the four locations of Kirkwood’s Sweeper. Kirkwood’s serves the Greater Cincinnati OH and Florence KY areas. With the continued support of our valuable team members, and loyal customers, we hope to serve you for many more years.

We believe, having a cleaner, healthier home should not be difficult. The right equipment makes any job easier. Better vacuum cleaners cost less at Kirkwood’s Sweeper Shop. Choose from a large selection of vacuum cleaners, as well as carpet cleaners, floor polishers, extractors, steamers and central vacuum systems, all at the lowest prices. We have a huge selection of bags, filters, belts, parts, and accessories. We offer Green cleaning products and equipment for a cleaner, healthier home. And, at Kirkwood’s Sweeper Shop you will find something that is rare these days – REAL service and expertise. We look forward to seeing you soon!