• Alexa Boschini

Store Openings

Art Van, West Elm, Boyles Furniture & Rugs and more

Art VanMichigan-based Art Van Furniture expanded into the Chicago area in July with the opening of a new store in Orland Park, Ill.
Art Van opens first Chicago, Toledo area stores

Orland Park, Ill. - Art Van Furniture entered the Windy City in July with the grand opening of its first store in Orland Park, Ill. The move marks the Top 100 company's first full-line store expansion outside its home state of Michigan.

"We are thrilled to be part of the Chicago market and offer unprecedented quality, value, and customer service," Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of the Warren Mich.-based chain said in a release.

The store adds about 100 sales, delivery and management jobs, the company said. Five more stores are planned over the next few months in Ford City-Chicago; Batavia, Ill.; Bolingbrook, Ill.; Elston Avenue-Chicago; and Merrillville-Hobart, bringing 600 jobs to the area.

Earlier in July, the company cut the ribbon on its new 183,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Bolingbrook, Ill., which serves the new market and employs 48 people.

Art Van also opened its first full-line store in the greater Toledo, Ohio, market on Sept. 7. The 90,000-sq.-ft. store on East Mall Drive in Springfield Township was built from the ground up and features an updated look for the Top 100 company, including higher ceilings, more natural light and the incorporation of brick, stone, wood and other contemporary materials for a fresh, modern look.
The company said several additional bedding stores are planned for the greater Toledo region.

West Elm opens first Missouri store

St. Louis - West Elm opened its first Missouri location July 18 in St. Louis.

The 8,385-sq.-ft. unit is located in the St. Louis Galleria. To mark the occasion, the store will carry hand-crafted items designed by eight local artists that the retailer sourced through Etsy.

"Our customers are as passionate about supporting artists in their local communities as we are at West Elm," said Jim Brett, president of West Elm.

The St. Louis store will also feature new collaborations with artists and designers from around the world including bedding from renowned textile designer Sarah Campbell and pottery from Carla Peters.

Boyles Furniture & Rugs opens Connecticut store

Avon, Conn. - Boyles Furniture & Rugs opened a new 22,000-sq.-ft. store here in August, located 20 minutes west of Hartford, at the corner of Rt. 44 and Rt. 10.

"The Farmington Valley area in Connecticut is a perfect location for the Boyles brand, concept and merchandise," said Rob Rosenberg, executive vice president of Boyles Furniture & Rugs. "Several of the company owners reside locally and are aware of the unmet demand for mid- to high-end furniture at a value. We've gathered a highly talented group of designers and sales personnel to serve and accommodate our customers' needs."

The Avon store carries brands in the upper-middle to high-end tier, including furnishings from Sherrill, Henredon, Maitland Smith, Drexel Heritage, Heirloom bedding, as well as Boyles branded products. The Boyles rug gallery features high-quality, hand-woven rugs.

Bannon said plans are in the offing for additional Boyles Furniture & Rugs locations, including free-standing and licensed rug galleries.

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Ashley Furniture Homestore opened a 35,000-sq.-ft. location in August at 2101 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. The new store is the third in a five-store regional expansion now under way by City Furniture, which is Ashley Furniture Homestore's licensee in southeast and southwest Florida.

It adjoins the existing City Furniture store at 2121 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., with a walk-through, and was built by Miller Construction Company to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Coral Springs, Fla. - Interior designer Perla Lichi opened a new showroom and headquarters in August at 7381 West Sample Road.

"We are so excited to debut the U.S. headquarters in South Florida where the Perla Lichi brand was born," Lichi said. "We offer a unique design style complete with manufacturing and resources to import custom-made furniture at an affordable price. Our international design team caters to many styles from modern to classic."

Washington, Mo. - Angie Pritchard opened The Painted Home in July at 219 Main St. here. According to The Missourian, the 2,100-sq.-ft. store carries new, vintage and refurbished home décor and offers interior design services.

Alexandria, Va. - Acme Mid-Century + Modern opened a new store in July at 218 N. Lee St. here. According to the store's website, Acme Mid-Century + Modern is "a purveyor of furniture, art, accessories and artifacts from the mid-century through the modern periods."

Flushing, Mich. - Two Birds, a home furnishings store and interior design studio, opened in August at 1551 E. Pierson Road in Hidden Paradise Plaza. The 3,000-sq.-ft. store carries furniture, rugs, lighting, wall art, tabletop and decorative accessories.

Toronto - Zara Home opened its first Canadian store Aug. 22 at the Yorkdale Mall here. According to Toronto Life magazine, a Canadian e-commerce site launched the same day. Zara Home carries accent furniture, rugs, top-of-bed, pillows, wall décor, lighting, decorative accessories and tabletop.

Sunrise, Fla. - Frette is opening a new store this month at the Sawgrass Mills mall, located at 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd. The retailer specializes in luxury linens including top-of-bed, decorative pillows and throws, and also carries tabletop and candles.

Scottsdale, Ariz. - Living Spaces opened its first store outside of California here in August at 16275 N. Scottsdale Road at the Promenade shopping center. The 130,000-sq.-ft. store features furniture, rugs and pillows.

Chicago - Z Gallerie opened a new location here in August in The Shops at Roosevelt Collection, located at 1023 South Delano Court. The store carries accent furniture, lighting, rugs, soft goods, wall décor, tabletop, decorative accessories and gifts.

Augusta, Ga. - Anna's Linens opened a 12,000-sq.-ft. store in August at 3412 Wrightsboro Road in the August Square shopping center. The retailer carries top-of-bed, pillows, throws, wall art, rugs, tabletop and bath accessories. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Anna's Linens plans to open 11 U.S. stores this year.

Send news of store openings, relocations and expansions to Assistant Editor Alexa Boschini at aboschini@homeaccentstoday.com.

Alexa BoschiniAlexa Boschini | Assistant Editor, Home Accents Today

Alexa Boschini joined the Furniture Today Group in May 2012 as assistant editor for Home Accents Today and Casual Living. A native of Greensboro, N.C., she graduated from Elon University in 2010 with a degree in journalism. She spent two years as an award-winning education and features reporter with The Sanford (N.C.) Herald, and has also covered arts and entertainment for Go Triad at the Greensboro News & Record. When she isn't delving into the latest news and trends in home décor, you can find her at the movies, with her nose stuck in a book or volunteering to help the Triad's homeless animals. You can reach her at aboschini@homeaccentstoday.com

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