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Andrew Koenig named new City Furniture president

Change continues to be the only constant for Home Furnishings Association member City Furniture, this time in the company’s C-Suite where Andrew Koenig has been promoted to president. Koenig had previously served as vice president and chief operating officer for the company. His father, Keith Koenig, who co-founded the firm 47 years ago and had served as president, will remain as CEO of the company. The move is hardly a surprise. Andrew Koenig, who spent a spring break immersing himself in kaizen management methods in Japan, has led City’s high-growth, continuous improvement process, boosting the firm’s productivity ever since he

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“Well, I guess we finally did something right”

Dover honors HFA member Ross Furniture with Business of the Year Award If you know Home Furnishings Association member Jason Howard’s self-deprecating humor, you’ll understand his reaction when he learned this month that Ross Furniture was named the 2019 Business of the Year by the Greater Dover (N.H.) Chamber of Commerce. “Well, I guess we finally did something right,” joked Howard. “Whatever it is, we probably should keep doing it.” The landmark downtown company was opened by Ross Payeur in 1942. Today, Howard and his wife Tina run the show. Jason Howard started working there in the spring of 1973.

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Massachusetts governor rejects flame-retardant bill opposed by HFA

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker refused to sign a bill restricting the use of 11 flame retardants in some consumer products. The Home Furnishings Association and other business groups opposed the measure. H 5024 was enacted on New Year’s Day in the final hours of the 2018 legislative session. It was supported by organizations that contend the chemicals contain toxins posing health threats. In a Jan. 4 letter to Gov. Baker, HFA CEO Sharron Bradley asked him to veto the bill for several reasons, including: “One of the chemicals, antimony trioxide, used in mattresses to meet federal safety standards, has been

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Olinde’s sells furniture side of business to Dufresne Spencer Group

What started as a casual conversation between two Top 100 retailers 13 months ago culminated this week in longtime Home Furnishings Association member Olinde’s selling its Louisiana furniture empire to Dufresne Spencer Group. The deal includes Olinde’s flagship store in Baton Rouge and another in Lafayette, La., as well as seven Louisiana Ashley HomeStores. DSG is buying Olinde’s furniture stores only. Three Olinde’s Mattress Superstores in and around Baton Rouge are not part of the deal. Tom Olinde, president of Olinde’s Hardware & Supply, the parent company of Olinde’s, said those stores will likely be sold, too. The deal represents a

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Minimum wage increases in 19 states

The minimum wage increased in 19 states Jan. 1, directly affecting an estimated 5.3 million workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The boosts ranged from 5 cents an hour in Alaska to $2 an hour in New York. The average wage for retail trade workers was $16.15 an hour in November 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The latest rises in state minimum-wage rates happened in three ways: By legislative action in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Rhode Island. By voter initiative in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri and Washington. Through previous legislation action setting

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Jesús R. Capó leads Home Furnishings Association in 2019

Jesús R. Capó, chief information officer for El Dorado Furniture in Miami, Fla., has been named president of the Home Furnishings Association for 2019. The HFA is an association of more than 1,400 home furnishings retailers representing approximately 7,000 storefronts in the United States and Canada. It is based in Roseville, Calif., with offices in High Point, N.C., and Dallas, Texas. In addition to Capó, 2019 officers are President-elect David Gunn of Knight Furniture in Sherman, Texas; Vice President David Beckmann of Emerald Home Furnishings in Tacoma, Wash.; Secretary-Treasurer Tom Olinde of Olinde’s Furniture in Baton Rouge, La.; and Executive

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