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Sheely’s enjoys strong opening of second store

The long-anticipated opening of Home Furnishings Association member Sheely’s Furniture and Appliance’s new store in Aurora proved a hit for customers in northeast Ohio over the Labor Day weekend.  General Manager Jeff Curry said the store has been “well-received” by the community and that sales have been brisk.   Sheely’s held a soft opening with a friend-and-family promotion. The store is amid its grand opening, which runs through Sept. 26 and features $100 off a $1,000 purchase or more along with 12-month special financing. “We have a door counter, and the number of customers that came through the door so

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Doug Clark
Risk Assurance Partners offers protection and more

Imagine facing a crisis when you badly need cash to keep your business afloat. It might be a pandemic that prompts your governor to order you to close your doors for six weeks or two months. Has that happened to anyone this year? It would be a game-changer to have an account that was just accumulating money available for any purpose – including an emergency. A retail client tapped that account during the COVID crisis, said Daniel DeBonville, vice president of sales for Risk Assurance Partners, a new Solution Partner for the Home Furnishings Association. That account was built with

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Doug Clark
Garbel’s will focus on flooring, not furniture

For Don and Kay Garbel, removing furniture from Garbel’s Furniture & Flooring is a logical first step toward retirement. The Crosby, N.D., business they bought a quarter-century ago is holding a going-out-of-business sale at its two stores – there and in Kenmore. But “just the furniture part,” Kay Garbel said. “We are looking to get out of the furniture business.” Not that they have anything against furniture. “It’s been absolutely fun, successful and rewarding – all of the above,” she said. They simply want to “scale back a little bit before we retire.” Continuing the flooring and window-treatment part of

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Doug Clark
HFA pushes harder for PPP loan forgiveness

The Home Furnishings Association and more than 100 other business groups continue pushing Congress for easy PPP loan forgiveness. So is Bobby Leon, owner of HFA member Chesnick Furniture in Victoria, Texas. And he helped win over his congressman. Congress has failed to advance any new COVID recovery legislation since April. Yet, HFA priorities are clear. While many furniture retailers have bounced back with strong sales, they still need forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans and liability protection. Also, a new, longer-term lending structure must be put in place in case businesses need more help later this year or in

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Robert Bell
Vector offers HFA members a simple, affordable payment solution

Payment processing can be tricky to understand, but it doesn’t have to be. Home Furnishings Association Solution Partner Vector Payments tries to keep things as simple and as transparent as possible, says Ryan Mirpanah, managing partner at Vector. “Retailers know what I’m talking about,” Mirpanah says. “The rate changes, the bait-and-switch tactics that go on. You’re told you’ll be charged X and you sign on the dotted line and then you get (a rate) completely different. That’s wrong and doesn’t lend itself to a long-term relationship between the retailer and the payment processing company.” That’s why Mirpanah, a veteran of

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Doug Clark
Many HFA members say no to payroll tax order

Most businesses likely to continue withholding The option to defer withholding employees’ payroll tax contributions might seem enticing. Furniture retailers and other businesses can boost their employees’ paychecks for a few months at no cost to themselves. But, digging deeper, some Home Furnishings Association members have found a good reason to say no. The deferral might create a large liability later. President Donald Trump issued an executive order Aug. 8 that allows businesses to defer withholding their employees’ portion of the Social Security payroll tax from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. By not withholding the 6.2 percent tax, companies would

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