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An artist's rendering of the new store opening next year by HFA member Furniture Connections.
Robert Bell
When to expand? HFA member David Berggren offers tips

Uncertainty to tariffs. A possible recession on the horizon. These days, furniture retailers who want to expand can get frightened off by the headlines. HFA member Furniture Connection in Clarksville, Tenn., is not like a lot of furniture retailers. Owner David Berggren broke ground this month on a second Furniture Connection

West Creek
Robert Bell
West Creek helps retailers say yes to customers

The words “no credit needed” generate a powerful attraction in the retail industry, according to Dan White, national account manager for West Creek, a new Home Furnishings Association solution partner. West Creek is a financial firm that provides rent-to-own services directly to consumers but engages them in your furniture store. Millions of Americans

HFA members from Jacksonville's Ashley HomeStore deliver mattresses to families displaced by a fire earlier this year.
Robert Bell
Fire takes their home, HFA member gives them hope

There wasn’t much time to grab anything – clothes, family photos – even a pair of shoes. When a fire broke out in July at the Calloway Cove Apartment complex in Jacksonville, Fla., residents barely escaped with their lives. Five children and two adults were injured in the fire. Some

Badcock & More Waynesboro store grand opening
Robert Bell
Badcock celebrates 2 new corporate stores

Home Furnishings Association member Badcock Furniture &more celebrated the addition of two company stores – Waynesboro, Va., and Roanoke Rapids, N.C., –  to its growing list of locations throughout the Southeast. Rob Burnette, CEO and president of Badcock; Bill Pou, executive vice president; Mitchell Stiles, vice president of dealer retail

Neblett Choir promotes an event at Knight Furniture
Robert Bell
HFA members honored for giving, give advice to other retailers

Don’t get them wrong. Home Furnishings Association members Knight Furniture and Stacy Furniture are honored their Texas stores will be recognized at the upcoming NEXT Conference for their long-standing giving to the communities they serve. But, as Stacy President Dorian Stacy Simms tells it, “There’s something odd being honored for

City Furniture semi-truck
Robert Bell
City Furniture plugs into its passion – what’s yours?

In City Furniture’s journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2040, there is no such thing as a small step. Some steps, however, are bigger than others. City took one of those big steps this week by putting the first all-electric terminal tractor in the Southeast to work, moving hundreds of semi-trailers and

Coconis supports autism awareness
Robert Bell
Coconis family continues support for autism awareness

Anyone who knows HFA member Randy Coconis of Coconis Furniture and his family knows their passion for bringing awareness and support to autism. That passion was never more on display than this summer when Shannon Coconis, Randy’s daughter, received a state award for her work with helping families with autism. A month

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Robert Bell
uShip’s low, fixed costs ease entry into e-commerce game

eMarketer values online furniture sales at $42 billion this year, a number that is expected to rise to $50 billion in 2020. But those numbers don’t impress local brick-and-mortar retailers who shy away from e-commerce because they can’t find reliable shipping with fixed quotes. Thanks to shipping broker uShip, furniture

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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

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