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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

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Robert Bell
Resource Center: How to find (and keep) good people

Selling furniture is hard enough. Finding the right sales associates to sell that furniture can be just as challenging. The same with hiring and holding on to delivery drivers, accountants or people in any other position at your store, for that matter. Faced with low unemployment and rising wages in other industries,

Robert Bell
Walker Furniture donation a ‘lifesaver’ to veteran

Photo: Walker Furniture’s Linda Alterwitz-Mizrahi meets Air Force veteran Cleveland Lee Johnson. An Air Force veteran is sleeping peacefully, thanks to a generous donation by Home Furnishings Association member Walker Furniture. The Las Vegas furniture retailer donated a new bed and recliner to North Las Vegas resident Cleveland Lee Johnson and his

Robert Bell
HOM’s newest store enjoys strong opening

Above: HFA member HOM’s Furniture’s latest store opening in Wausau, Wis., features a section devoted to outdoor furniture that will sell Christmas trees and other holiday-themed items later this fall. HOM Furniture employees were scrambling until the final hours last week to get their latest store in Wausau, Wis., ready

Doug Clark
City Furniture, Dolphins team up for kids

(Miami Dolphins photo above: City Furniture President Andrew Koenig, center, joins Ashley HomeStore’s Hope to Dream program, providing beds for South Florida kids.) City Furniture and the Miami Dolphins recently teamed up to provide 100 South Florida children with new beds. “We love kicking off summer by partnering with the

Art Van
Robert Bell
Truck giveaway honors Art Van’s history

It was 1959 and Ike was in the White House. Mattel introduced a new doll. Maybe you heard of her: Barbie? A gallon of gas set you back a quarter, and a businessman named Art Van Elslander opened his first furniture store in Detroit. Sixty years later, Home Furnishings Association

Robert Bell
Six months after hurricane, Badcock store opens in Florida

Photo: HFA member Sonja Rhinehardt outside her temporary Badcock store in Pensacola, Fla. The morning after Hurricane Michael flooded and flattened Panama City and much of the surrounding Florida Panhandle, Home Furnishings Association member Sonja Rhinehardt ventured out to check on her two Badcock Home Furniture & more stores. “It

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Robert Bell
Is your store ready for AR?

Whether they are shopping for sandals or sofas, consumers have no shortage of augmented reality (AR) apps to assist them these days. Following the viral success of Pokémon Go in 2016, hordes of retailers have embraced the technology, including furniture retailers. Home Furnishings Association member Jerome’s Furniture recently deployed its Photo to Floorplan technology powered by

HFA member Walker Furniture helps firefighters with a good night’s sleep

Two years ago, Home Furnishings Association member Walker Furniture pledged to replace the mattresses at all 30 Clark County firehouses in the Las Vegas Valley as part of an ongoing event called “Project Firehouse: Rested & Ready.” On June 12, employees from Walker Furniture delivered six new mattresses, foundations and

Robert Bell
Alaska retailer goes to great lengths to save on freight

Five years ago, Home Furnishings Association member Donny Dean could see the writing on the wall. His home electronics store was getting hammered by e-commerce sites, so he pulled the plug and started selling furniture. Image Home Furnishings of Wasilla, Alaska, was born. In 2017, he saw a different writing

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