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As promised, Fowhand Furniture reopens

HFA member James Johnson remembers walking through his furniture store, Fowhand Furniture in Panama City, Fla., last month assessing the damage wrought by Hurricane Michael and making a promise to his family and staff. “It was a mess, but we made the decision right there that come hell or high water we were going to open for business the day after Thanksgiving,” he said. It was a big promise to make. The hurricane had blown out the store’s windows and ripped away part of the roof. Thousands of dollars in furniture was damaged or destroyed. But on Black Friday, one

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Retailers don’t see a big impact yet from online sales-tax collections

This Cyber Monday, furniture retailers probably aren’t seeing a big benefit from sales-tax collections by online competitors. “I haven’t noticed an uptick with customers saying so,” Ryan Redman, chief operating officer of Priceless Mattress and Furniture in Augusta, Maine, said on the Monday after a Thanksgiving weekend that saw good business. He added that, “I don’t think they’re very aware” that Maine began in July requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes on orders from within the state. Many states enacted such sales-tax laws following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The June decision effectively allowed

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Doug Clark
Woolsey Fire just misses Agoura Hills furniture stores

The fire jumped over the highway and went straight up the mountainside, Julian Jeppe said Wednesday, recalling the harrowing experience of living through another natural disaster in Southern California. HFA members Jeppe and his wife, Dru, own Reeds Furniture, which has stores in Agoura Hills and Oxnard. The Woolsey Fire spread over nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, destroying hundreds of structures and causing three confirmed deaths. It was 57 percent contained Thursday, state authorities said. Reeds’ Agoura Hills store was spared by no more than a quarter-mile, Jeppe said. When he returned after a mandatory evacuation

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Colfax Furniture opens a pop-up store for market samples

This time of year, pop-up stores are all the retail rage—provided shoppers are in the market for clothes, electronics and other small items on their holiday list. HFA member Mandy Jeffries is changing the scale of pop-up stores by opening one in Greensboro, N.C., to sell a bigger product: furniture market samples.   No other furniture retailer sells as many market samples as Jeffries and Colfax Furniture. Every year Jeffries, whose company is a short drive from High Point, shows up at market and buys out entire showrooms from manufacturers. How much does she buy? Jeffries won’t say, but she

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City Furniture makes its move into Orlando

South Florida-based City Furniture’s much-hyped entry into the Orlando-area market has begun. The company opened the first of three stores in Central Florida earlier this month, an 85,000 square foot showroom in Ocoee, Fla. By the end of 2019 two more furniture and accessories superstores will be up and running near The Mall at Millenial in Orlando and in Altamonte Springs. The company’s $100 investment also includes a Central Florida distribution center near the Ocoee showroom. City officials have had their eye on Central Florida for the past decade years but could never find the right time. “The great recession

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Doug Clark
Cal/OSHA Update: More “paperwork” required for larger furniture retailers

It’s not a suggestion anymore. Cal/OSHA, California’s occupational safety and health agency, now requires that many employers file summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses electronically by December 31. Furniture retailers are among the covered businesses. The rule applies to companies with 250 or more employees, except for those exempted here and those with 20 to 249 employees in categories listed here. Home furnishings stores are included. The form is 300A, an annual summary of incidents. The filing covers the 2017 calendar year and requires employers to list the numbers of work-related deaths, injuries, skin disorders, respiratory conditions, poisonings, cases of

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