WARREN, Mich., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer, will celebrate the official grand openings of two new franchise locations in the Upper Peninsula with ribbon cutting ceremonies. The ceremonies will take place on Thursday, January 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Art Van Furniture & Erickson Appliance (3889 I-75 Business Spur, Sault Ste Marie) and at 5:30 p.m. at Art Van Furniture & Household Appliance (2873 US Highway 41 W, Marquette). Both Art Van Furniture franchise stores opened its doors to the public on Black Friday.
"From one family-owned business to another, we are proud to partner with our franchisees to bring Art Van Furniture's style and quality to the Upper Peninsula," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. "This is an exciting new venture for us and the surrounding communities."
Art Van Furniture & Erickson Appliance franchisees Keith, Joanne and Don Erickson, and Art Van Furniture & Household Appliance franchisees Steven Anderson and Jeff Palomaki will be in attendance. Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture, Gary Van Elslander, president of Art Van Furniture and other Art Van Furniture executives will also be in attendance at both ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Art Van Furniture & Erickson Appliance, located in the former Shunk building, is a 24,000 square foot showroom featuring Art Van PureSleep and clearance merchandise. Art Van Furniture & Household Appliance, located at the former site of American TV and Appliance, is a 50,000 square foot showroom featuring furniture, appliances, electronics and flooring.
The new franchise locations have created more than 30 new jobs.
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, Indiana and Ohio. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.
CONTACT: Diane Charles
Director of Corporate Communications
Art Van Furniture
(586) 983-3022 office - (586) 850-7332 cell
SOURCE Art Van Furniture