Member Stories

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Doug Clark
‘It’s all about selling what you’ve got’

Waiting for furniture may be the rule these days, but the exceptions are lucrative for some Home Furnishings Association members. “We’re preaching we have merchandise in stock ready to take home,” said Jerry Peters, vice president and chief merchandising officer for Charlotte, N.C.-based Kimbrell’s Home Furnishings. Customers are responding so

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Doug Clark
Ashley helps students learn industry skills

Ashley Furniture Industries is thinking ahead – and doing something about it. The Home Furnishings Association member recently contributed $20,000 to a middle school near its Leesport, Pa., operations to purchase VEX Robotics equipment. Students will gain hands-on opportunities to learn STEM concepts with innovative, age-appropriate technology, Ashley said in

Robert Bell
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

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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.

Black Whale staff
Robert Bell
Black Whale diversifies – and business takes off

For years – 28 of them, to be exact – new Home Furnishings Association member Black Whale Lighting was the shop to shop for high-end lighting in northern San Diego County, Calif. Still is.  But two years ago, owner Kirsten Reece started to see her customers’ shopping habits change. More of them were shopping online. And when they shopped online, they were buying more than

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Doug Clark
Montgomery’s keeps growing for 132 years

Eric Sinclair was on the road early one weekday in August, crossing wide open spaces on his way from his home near Sioux Falls, S.D., to Aberdeen. It’s a three-hour drive but a journey of 132 years for his family. Sinclair is president of Montgomery’s and the great-great-grandson of George

City Furniture's newest store in the Miami community of Doral will be a dual-branded effort with Ashley HomeStore.
Robert Bell
With business booming, City Furniture adding 500 jobs

Like other furniture retailers this summer, Home Furnishings Association member City Furniture has become a rare hot spot in an economy that is, at best, lukewarm. Since the first days of reopening in the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida-based retailer has enjoyed what City CEO Keith Koenig earlier this year described

Baer's Furniture new store in Jacksonville
Robert Bell
Baer’s Furniture prepares to open its northernmost store

Home Furnishings Association member Baer’s Furniture will open its newest store Sept. 5 in Jacksonville, Fla. It will be the company’s northernmost store in the state.   Construction of the two-story, almost 85,000-square-foot store, across the street from an Ikea, is wrapping up this week. President and CEO Jerry Baer

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Doug Clark
HFA members recover from Hurricane Laura

“We’re a little overwhelmed,” Tony Kemp admitted Monday. At the same time, the chief operating officer of Home Furnishings Association member Home Furniture Plus Bedding was thankful that “everybody’s safe” among his employees in Lake Charles, La. Lake Charles took the brunt of powerful Hurricane Laura last week. Not only

Photo shows the three owners of Howell Furniture
Doug Clark
Howell Furniture faces another storm

With a powerful hurricane barreling toward the Texas-Louisiana coast, Howell Furniture closed its three stores Monday as evacuations began. “You don’t know what you’re going to come back to,” third-generation co-owner Shawn Hanley said today. Hanley is in Oklahoma, where her daughter gave birth to a boy Tuesday – a

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