Art Van Furniture Announces New Franchise in Indiana

Former Furniture First in Bloomington to offer greater selection at better value beginning in December

WARREN, Mich. - Nov. 23, 2016 // PRNewswire // - Art Van Furniture opens another store in Indiana! The Midwest's number one furniture and mattress retailer has announced the opening of a new 26,000-square-foot store with new franchise partner Furniture First in Bloomington, Indiana. The store is set for a December 12 soft opening, followed by a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 12. The store is located at 2634 E 3rd Street.

"This is an outstanding partnership opportunity, and we are thrilled to work with owners Jason and Eric Publow, who have a longstanding family history in the furniture industry," said Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture. "Our collective effort will offer Bloomington residents the same great service with an expanded selection of furniture offerings at a better value. We look forward to sustaining the 33-year history of the store, while establishing new Art Van Furniture traditions."

Established in 1983 by Jeff and Pat Long, parents of Jason and Eric Publow, Furniture First shares Art Van Furniture's family values, making this a natural partnership. The longstanding retailer determined to become an Art Van Furniture franchise in order to leverage the additional resources including product variety, warehousing, substantial marketing efforts, strong regional brand awareness and more.

All current employees will remain, and there is opportunity to expand the team. The new Bloomington store will feature a number of Art Van Furniture product lines, including Art Van PureSleep, Art Van Clearance Center, and La-z-Boy. The store will have access to inventory of over 50 million dollars of in stock product for faster deliveries to the home as well as an assortment of many custom order fabrics and styles to choose from. The Art Van Furniture buyers shop the globe for the latest styles and trends to have available for all Bloomington residents' homes.

"For more than 30 years, two generations of our family have had the pleasure of providing the Bloomington community with comfortable, stylish and affordable furniture," said Jason Publow, owner of Furniture First. "Through our new partnership with industry-leading Art Van Furniture, we will be able to offer an elevated customer service experience with increased warehousing and delivery services, as well as an expanded offering of home furnishing collections to fit any personal décor style."

In celebration of the store's transition to Art Van Furniture, the Bloomington community is invited to join the team at the ribbon-cutting event on January 12th. The ribbon cutting ceremony will commence at 4:00 p.m., attended by esteemed members of the community, including Bloomington Chamber staff and ambassadors, as well as City of Bloomington officials. The grand opening festivities will also feature free fun for the whole family, including live music, entertainment and refreshments.

About Art Van Furniture

Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates more than 100 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations, as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.

SOURCE Art Van Furniture

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