is opening two new dedicated company-owned and operated stores in Dallas
and Chicago scheduled for late April and early May. The retail openings
are among the first by the company, a Top 100 furniture
manufacturer/retailer, in more than two years. They signal an improving
and revitalized retail climate which Thomasville, a premier holding of Furniture
Brands International (NYSE:FBN), intends to maximize.
"We're ready to grow," said Thomasville President Ed Teplitz.
"Thomasville is a different company from what we were three years ago,
and major markets like Dallas and Chicago present significant
opportunities for our brand."
The new Dallas store, scheduled to open in late April, is located in the Galleria
area, a vibrant retail district with flagship stores such as Nordstrom,
Fifth Avenue, Macy's
The new Thomasville store will be one of two in the market, serving the
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex along with an existing Southlake location.
A new store in Chicago's Lincoln Park opens in early May, bringing the
Thomasville store count in the Chicago metro area to four. Existing
Thomasville stores are in Geneva and Naperville, along with an Orland
Park store owned and operated by an independent dealer. Additionally,
major regional retailer Walter
E. Smithe offers Thomasville in three of its area showrooms -
Lincolnshire, Arlington Heights and Glendale Heights.
"Thomasville is a retailer with a variety of footprints and distribution
types to best serve the customer," said Teplitz. "With the new store
openings, the Thomasville brand will be represented in more than 100
dedicated stores across the United States."
Looking ahead, Thomasville is also finalizing plans for an additional
store in the western suburbs of Chicago. A real estate search is
About Furniture Brands
Brands International (NYSE: FBN) is a global operating company that
is one of the nation's leading designers, manufacturers and retailers of
home furnishings. It markets through a wide range of retail channels,
from mass merchant stores to single-brand and independent dealers to
specialized interior designers. Furniture Brands serves its customers
through some of the best known and most respected brands in the
furniture industry, including Broyhill,
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