WARREN, Mich., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Van Furniture announced today it is adding its seventh Chicagoland location in Downers Grove. Extensive renovations are set to begin to transform the expansive two story 106,000 square ft. building (formerly Home Depot Expo Center) located at 1021 Butterfield Road off of Interstate 88, one of the most popular shopping destinations in the area. The new store is scheduled to open in January, 2015.
"There is tremendous potential for success and we believe Downers Grove will become our flagship store based on its tremendous size and superb location," said Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture. "We look forward to enhancing the homes of the families in the vibrant Downers Grove community and its surrounding suburbs."
The Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer plans to hire at least 70 associates in Downers Grove, named one of the friendliest towns in America by Forbes Magazine, bringing the total number of new jobs created in Chicagoland to more than 600. The multi-million dollar store renovation will include a 10,000 square foot expansion as well a striking main entrance. An escalator will also be installed in the center of the main floor and upper showrooms.
Art Van Furniture is grand opening its sixth Chicagoland location in Woodridge-Bolingbrook (900 Boughton Road) in April, 2014. Last year, the retailer rolled out its planned expansion into the region, opening five contemporary new stores in Chicago (Logan Square), Bedford Park, Orland Park, Batavia and Merrillville, Indiana.
According to the most recent issue of the industry publication Furniture Today, furniture sales are expected to rise by 16.2% in the Midwest region of the United States over the next five years.
About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 37 stores throughout Michigan, five stores in Chicagoland, one store in Toledo, Ohio, a full service e-commerce website, plus 39 freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.
SOURCE Art Van Furniture