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Shoppers lined up outside City Furniture's newest grand opening in Orlando to receive free $100 City gift cards.
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Robert Bell
In Orlando, City Furniture opens its biggest store yet

Home Furnishings Association member City Furniture has gone big in Orlando. How big? The two-story, 120,000-square-foot store on Interstate 4 that opened last month is the largest in City Furniture’s 32-store Florida network. City Furniture is also going green. How green?  The new store is one of eight City locations recently built to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED-certified buildings meet one of the highest environmental performance standards in the world, assessed by site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material section, indoor air quality and innovation in design. New POS technology The new City Furniture includes

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Chris Cooley, Ron Robinson
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Doug Clark
Community matters in retail, Chris Cooley says

Retail is all about community, Chris Cooley (left, in photo above) told an audience at Las Vegas Market July 29. Cooley, owner of Home Furnishings Association member Michael Alan Furniture & Design in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., participated in Retail Titans & Innovators, a discussion of retail trends and challenges co-sponsored by LVM and Furniture Today. Other panelists were Ron Robinson (right, in photo above) of RonRobinson in Los Angeles and Tara Riceberg of Best Gift Store Ever in Los Angeles. Furniture Today Editor in Chief Bill McLaughlin moderated. One of the best ways to draw people to her store,

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Jordan’s Furniture photo, above, shows Eliot Tatelman with then-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at Fenway Park in 2014.
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Doug Clark
Tokio Marine covers sports promotions

There are promotions, and then there are crazy promotions. Like one that costs $30 million. That was the payout made by Home Furnishings Association member Jordan’s Furniture of Taunton, Mass., after the Boston Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series four games to none. Jordan’s promised to refund the purchase price to every customer who bought furniture during a specified time span that season if the Red Sox pulled off a Series Sweep. They did, and some 25,000 customers were handsomely rewarded. Following the triumph, Jordan’s colorful president and CEO, Eliot Tatelman, appeared in a TV ad wearing a Red Sox uniform. “Congratulations to

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Robert Bell
After 16 years, Garden City Furniture gets an updated look – and there’s more to come

Garden City Furniture has a new logo and will soon have a new showroom and exterior. And it all started with a delivery truck. A few months back Garden City vice president Joey Ray bought a new truck to add to the Garden City Beach, S.C., store’s delivery fleet. It wasn’t until the truck was parked next to the store’s older trucks that Ray realized it might be time to refresh the store’s appearance. It has been 16 years since the Home Furnishings Association member refurbished its showroom. “That’s a long time in a fashion business like furniture,” says Rays. “We needed to

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Robert Bell
Montage offers personalized furniture protection plan

Furniture retailers know protection plans provide large margins and are in demand by consumers who want to protect their investment. For retailers, however, finding the right program for the products they sell has always been a challenge. Montage Furniture Services, one of the nation’s leading protection plan providers, thinks it has the solution. Montage, a Home Furnishings Association solutions partner, offers many services to consumers and retailers that both groups can’t find with other protection service companies, says Alan Salmon, Montage’s president and CEO. First, the consumer side. Many furniture protection providers require consumers to notify the provider within a

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The future home of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame in High Point, N.C.
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Doug Clark
Berk, Ellis to co-host HOF program

Photo: The future home of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame in High Point, N.C. Bobby Berk and Kelli Ellis will co-host the induction celebration for the American Home Furnishings Hall of FameOct. 20 in High Point, N.C. Among the Class of 2019 being honored is Jake Jabs, president and CEO of Home Furnishings Association member American Furniture Warehouse in Englewood, Colo. Berk, a furniture designer and entrepreneur, is best known as the design guru on Netflix’s “Queer Eye.” He worked in furniture retail before starting Bobby Berk Interiors in 2006. His new furniture collection is Bobby Berk + A.R.T. Furniture. “It’s truly an honor to

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