Top 100 retailer furniture mart continues to add stores
One of the largest furniture retailers in the nation, Furniture Mart USA is putting its sizable growth on full display. This month, the company opened a Furniture Mart and Ashley HomeStore in Duluth, Minn., a move that brings its total store count to 59 in 46 states. It is also close to opening a Furniture Mart and Ashley in the newly expanded corporate headquarters and distribution center in its hometown of Sioux Falls, and is looking at opportunities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and Cedar Falls, Iowa.
In addition to expansion, the company is looking at real estate opportunities. Its recent acquisition of a former Shopko store in Duluth was a perfect fit for the business, and it is planning to convert a former Younkers department store in Southern Hills Mall in Cedar Falls into a Furniture Mart and Ashley HomeStore.
The new Furniture Mart in Duluth has been busy, and Hinks said it has gotten off to a strong start. It has brought in around 20 salespeople and managers and has started delivering product to customers.
Besides the big-ticket items, the store also has a wide selection of smaller items that are not found at other furniture retailers. In fact, the store carries over 100,000 products. There are 65 cash registers and a clearance section, plus 20 interactive kiosks where shoppers can apply for credit or access gift registry.
Another interesting feature is the 1.3 million-square-foot warehouse on site, which houses more than 500,000 items. Its more than 100 bays can hold 120 customer vehicles, and it has the ability to load one every four seconds, according to Nebraska Furniture Mart.
As the company grows, it is working to increase its inventory and delivery capacity and is making sure the warehouses are well-stocked with high-quality merchandise at all times. It has also partnered with suppliers to provide better pricing, service and delivery options. Some of the key players in this partnership include Flexsteel, Aspenhome, New Classic, Manwah, Kuka Home and Sealy. It has a full-service home delivery program and a branded service that allows customers to order online and pick up at the company’s warehouse.