Miami — City Furniture, South Florida’s top-selling furniture retailer, has launched a $17.5 million expansion program to construct or renovate five stores from Miami to West Palm Beach.
Miami — City Furniture, South Florida’s top-selling furniture retailer, has launched a $17.5 million expansion program to construct or renovate five stores from Miami to West Palm Beach, beginning with the major renovation of its Dadeland store in Pinecrest.
Keith Koenig, president of City Furniture, says the company will start hiring in the coming months for a total of more than 75 permanent jobs it plans to create in the region by early 2013. Reflecting the company’s strength in the Dadeland, Cutler Bay, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach markets, the expansion program calls for three store openings during 2012 and will create work for several hundred construction tradespeople.
“We’re confident in South Florida’s future,” Koenig says. “We’ve been acquiring properties for this expansion for the last few years.”
Koenig plans to build marketwide on the success of his company’s innovative “green” City Furniture/Ashley Furniture HomeStores superstore concept. As the Ashley Furniture HomeStores licensee in southeast and southwest Florida, City Furniture has already achieved strong results by offering the two brands in adjoining stores in Boca Raton, Stuart, Wellington, Fort Myers and Naples.
City Furniture plans to roll out the upscale, environmentally friendly next-generation store design it debuted in Boca Raton earlier this year, Koenig says. Each store in the expansion is being designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Shoppers can expect plenty of floor-to-ceiling “eye appeal” with richly textured materials, in addition to the host of energy-efficient features.
The furniture retailer currently operates 14 City Furniture and nine Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in Southeast and Southwest Florida. Growing “smarter and greener” as it reconfigures its network, the company has increased sales this year despite closing three stores in late 2010.
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