Event features performance by Jennifer Hudson
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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., August 7, 2015 — Some 2,000 people packed the new Art Van Furniture store here for an opening party featuring a performance by Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson.
Diane Charles, Art Van vice president of corporate communications, said the Art of Style event was “flawless,” and even though the Top 100 retailer had planned to cut off attendance at 1,000, it was well prepared for a larger crowd.
At one point Hudson danced on stage with Art Van Founder and Chairman Art Van Elslander and became emotional along with many in the audience after her rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”
The company wouldn’t disclose sales results for the following opening weekend, but Charles called the event “amazing,” and said the retailer set a new sales record. Some 300 people were lined up early on opening day, leading the company to open the doors 25 minutes ahead of the 9 a.m. planned opening.
Over the course of the weekend, more than 4,000 people came through the 112,000-square-foot store, the 89-store retailer’s largest showroom and eighth in Chicagoland.