Will include company’s three retail brands
Clint Engel -- Furniture Today, July 3, 2014
COON RAPIDS, Minn. — HOM Furniture will open a 185,000-square-foot home furnishings complex in Little Canada, Minn., that the Top 100 company said will be the largest of its kind in the state.
Located on the site of HOM’s first Dock 86 showroom and warehouse near Rice Street and Little Canada Road, the complex will include an 80,000-square-foot HOM Furniture showroom, a 35,000-square-foot Gabberts Design Studio and Fine Furniture store, a 60,000-square-foot Dock 86 and a 10,000-square-foot customer service and product pickup center. The work is slated to be completed in early 2015, the company said.
The retailer, which opened the Dock 86 store in 2010 in part of a former Levitz Furniture warehouse showroom, is now building out the rest of space for its other retail brands.
Connie Post and Associates of High Point is designing the interiors and Archnet of Stillwater, Minn., is providing the exterior design work.
“This will be the first time we have combined all three of our brands in one complex,” said Jerry Underwood, HOM Furniture’s executive director of marketing.
Underwood said the site has “great visibility and easy access” from Interstates 694 and 35E and is a “perfect site for a dynamic new retail destination.”
He called it a multimillion-dollar investment and while he would not immediately disclose projected sales, he said, “We’re quite confident it will be the largest volume single furniture location in the upper Midwest.”
“It truly will be the upper Midwest’s only one-stop destination for the largest selection in furniture price points and complete custom design solutions with our Gabberts brand now included,” he said.
The new complex is the latest step in the continued expansion of the HOM Furniture’s various retail brands. The retailer has 15 HOM Furniture showrooms, four Gabberts, two Dock 86 and one Abbey Carpet store in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota.
Ranked No. 35 on Furniture/Today’s Top 100, HOM did an estimated $215.8 million in furniture, bedding and accessories sales last year.
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