Art Van Furniture Is Coming To The Soo! Longtime Erickson Appliance Family to Open Franchise in the Former Shunk Furniture Site

WARREN, Mich., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Van Furniture is expanding its presence in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, adding a new franchise location in Sault Sainte Marie.  Michigan's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer has signed an agreement with Erickson Appliance & Furniture.  The new franchise store, which will be located in the former Shunk building, will be called Art Van Furniture & Erickson Appliance.

"The Erickson family possesses over 45 years of retail expertise in this region, and partnering with Art Van Furniture adds up to almost a century of offering the finest products and outstanding customer service," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture.  "Working with three generations of the Erickson family, including founders Keith and Joanne Erickson and their sons Don and Tom, is an exciting new chapter for the community."

"We recently had the opportunity to purchase Shunk Furniture, a well-known brand and family business in our community for more than 50 years," said Tom Erickson, manager of Erickson Appliances.  "From one family-owned business to another, we are proud that the new Art Van Furniture & Erickson Appliance store will open in the former Shunk furniture site, continuing a legacy of commitment to the residents of Sault Saint Marie."

Art Van Furniture & Erickson Appliance store will be located at 3889 I-75 Business Spur. A complete renovation will begin in August, 2013 on the 24,000 square foot showroom and warehouses. The new store is scheduled to open on or before November 1, 2013, and will feature Art Van PureSleep and clearance merchandise. A dozen new jobs will be created.

Earlier this summer, Art Van Furniture announced it will open another Upper Peninsula franchise in Marquette.

About Art Van Furniture

Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 35 stores throughout Michigan and one store in Orland Park, Illinois, a full service e-commerce website, plus ten freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Kalamazoo, Midland, 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



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