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Robert Bell
Jake Jabs inducted into Hall of Fame

Heaven knows how many awards and honorary degrees Home Furnishings Association member Jake Jabs has accumulated in his lifetime. “Let’s just say a lot,” said Jabs, the president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, with a chuckle. But Sunday night’s tribute might have been the most memorable, he said. Jabs was inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame during High Point Market. Three other industry icons joined him: Clement “Clem” M. Lange, co-founder and chairman of Best Chairs, Inc., Best Home Furnishings; Paul Maitland-Smith, founder of Maitland-Smith Ltd. and Theodore Alexander; and Jim McIngvale, founder and owner of Gallery Furniture.

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Doug Clark
Pou now chairs W.S. Badcock board

William K. Pou Jr. has been appointed chairman of the W.S. Badcock Corporation Board of Directors. Pou has served as executive vice president of retail operations since 1997 and will continue to hold that title. He played an active role in the Top 100 retailer’s rapid growth in recent years. The company, based in Mulberry, Fla., counts 368 corporate and dealer stores in eight Southeastern states. W.S. Badcock was founded in 1904 by Pou’s great-grandfather, Henry Stanhope Badcock. It is one of the largest privately held home furnishings companies in the U.S. Its branded Badcock Home Furniture &more stores carry

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Robert Bell
Finding stable-compliant furniture at market just got easier

Retailers looking for clothing storage units compliant with voluntary stability standards will have an easier time finding those products at High Point Market. Manufacturers who are members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance that carry compliant products will display a “WE COMPLY” tent card in their showrooms throughout market. The card ensures retailers the manufacturers’ products meet requirements of the voluntary stability standard for clothing storage furniture, ASTM F2057-19. Thirty AHFA member companies have had their stability testing process reviewed by Underwriters Laboratory as part of its Product Stability Verified program. Once the testing process has been reviewed by UL,

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More than 270 golfers participated in HOM Furniture's annual charity golf tournament to help local organizations.
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Robert Bell
HOM Furniture tees it up for charity

A gorgeous golf course. A sun-kissed Minnesota morning. Dozens of golfers eager to help a local cause. HOM Furniture. All four made for a perfect recipe for the 30th annual HOM Open Charity Golf Tournament last month. About 270 participants enjoyed a perfect day on the greens and fairways at Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake, Minn. By the end of the day, HFA member HOM helped raise more than $300,000 for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MNATC) and other charities. The tournament is one of HOM Furniture President and CEO Rod Johansen’s favorite days of the year. “It’s

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Doug Clark
Fires, power outages challenge California retailers

Fast-moving fires and long, dark nights. Those are some of the challenges Californians – including furniture retailers – are facing. “The ridgeline is burning toward us, but the wind is blowing against us,” Norbert Moniz, owner of Home Furnishings Association member A Royal Suite in Santa Clarita, said Friday afternoon. “If the wind doesn’t change, we’ll be fine.” The Saddleridge fire, raging south of Santa Clarita, covered 5,000 acres, destroyed dozens of structures and forced some 100,000 evacuations. It’s bad, but Moniz, who has three stores in the area, has seen worse. “We typically open our store and warehouse for

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Doug Clark
Harper’s Law takes effect in New York

Harper’s Law takes effect Oct. 12 in New York State, putting greater responsibility for furniture safety on retailers there. Under this law, retailers may not sell new clothing storage units that don’t comply with ASTM’s stability standards. In addition, they must display, keep in stock and offer for sale tip-restraint devices. The law also requires retailers to post an easily seen notice warning customers that, “Certain furniture may become unstable and tip over, leading to possible injury or death. Tip restraint devices may prevent tipping of furniture when properly installed.” The law defines those devices as “straps, wall brackets, steel

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