Art Van Furniture To Expand West of the Mississippi River

by Katie Lee

Warren, Mich. — For the first time in 57 years, the Midwest’s Number 1 furniture retailer, Art Van Furniture, is expanding west of the Mississippi with two new stores planned for Iowa. Located in Coralville and Cedar Falls, Iowa, the new stores will officially open on July 14, 2016.

“Our expansion into Iowa is an exciting milestone that showcases the hard work and dedication of the entire Art Van Furniture team,” says CEO Kim Yost. “As a family-owned company, our mission is not only to provide high-quality, stylish and affordable home furnishings, but to play a pivotal role within the communities we serve.”

As one of Iowa’s oldest and most trusted furniture retailers, the Simpson Furniture Company will operate the first two Art Van Furniture franchises in the state.

“Our company has long been an integral part of the Coralville and Cedar Falls communities, and we believe our partnership with Art Van Furniture will benefit the families we’ve grown with over the last 70 years,” says Dale Emmert, president of Simpson Furniture Company. “We look forward to building upon our strong pattern of growth with the newly expanded showrooms to display our fantastic new selection of furniture and décor.”

Both the new 40,000-square-foot Cedar Falls showroom and the 25,000-square-foot Coralville showroom have been completely remodeled and will feature Art Van PureSleep. Art Van Furniture has retained all of the employees at the former Simpson Furniture Company store, and anticipates hiring additional local job seekers in a variety of full- and part-time sales associate positions and hourly positions in the next year.

With the new Coralville and Cedar Falls locations, Art Van Furniture now operates 58 furniture showrooms throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, and has 41 freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores. The retailer also operates Art Van Flooring, Hillside Contemporary Furniture and Scott Shuptrine Interiors. For more information, visit  

Art Van Furniture is the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 100 stores and is headquartered in Warren, Mich.

SOURCE: Art Van Furniture

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