WARREN, Mich., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Van Furniture will charter new territory when it opens its first franchise store in the heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Midwest's number one furniture retailer announced today it has signed an agreement with Steven Anderson and Jeff Palomaki, second-generation furniture retailers and co-owners of Marquette's #1 appliance store, Household Appliance. The family owned retailers will join forces with the Art Van Furniture family in a brand new franchise venture — Art Van Furniture & Household Appliance. The new store will feature 50,000 square feet of furniture, appliances, electronics and flooring and create 15 new jobs.
"We are excited to partner with Steve and Jeff and bring Art Van Furniture to the U.P. " said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman, Art Van Furniture. "By joining Art Van Furniture with Household Appliances, we continue to strengthen our commitment to this great state of Michigan."
According to Anderson, Art Van Furniture co-franchisee and co-owner, Household Appliances, "Our family has been in the retail business in the Marquette area since 1971. We know our customers and interact with them regularly in the store and around town. This extraordinary opportunity to partner with the largest furniture retailer in the Midwest will help us enhance customer service and the selection of merchandise available to families in our community."
The new Art Van Furniture & Household Appliances franchise store is set to open November 2013 and will be located at U.S. Highway 41 West in Marquette, the former site of American TV and Appliance. Until then, Household Appliance will be open for normal business operations.
Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 35 stores throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus nine freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Kalamazoo, New Hudson, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Troy, Michigan, and Toledo, Ohio. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit www.artvan.com for more information.
SOURCE Art Van Furniture