Mount Pleasant's Wendels Home & Design To Become Art Van Furniture Store
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The second-generation family retailer will incorporate some of Art Van Furniture's specialty departments, including: Art Van PureSleep and the Clearance Center.
Wendels Home & Design, Mount Pleasant's largest home furniture store, announced that it will become an Art Van Furniture store. The announcement was made by David Lee, co-owner of Wendels Home & Design and son of founder Wendel Lee, who established the company in 1972. Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest home furniture retailer and Wendel's is one of the first Art Van furniture franchises in the state.
"What a proud and exciting moment this is for our company," said Lee, who owns Wendels Home & Design with his wife, Lisa. "To have been recognized and selected by Art Van, a Top 100 furniture company, to carry their complete inventory of stylish and affordable home furnishings, is truly an honor. Our companies are both family-owned, and share the same passion for personalized service, superior selection and unwavering community commitment. This is a natural fit in every way."
Wendels Home & Design will build upon its rich, 40-year history in Mount Pleasant, continuing to carry some of its existing upscale furniture and accessory lines within the Wendels Home & Design Studio located within their new Art Van Furniture store.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Wendels Home & Design," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. "They have earned a stellar reputation and we look forward to introducing our fashionable furniture lines to their loyal client base."
The second-generation family retailer, which recently outgrew its 35,000-square foot location and expanded into a new facility with double its previous showroom space, will also incorporate some of Art Van Furniture's well-known specialty departments, including: Art Van PureSleep and the Clearance Center. Over time they will also have the option of adding a World of Floors and Paul's TV. The majority of Wendels Home & Design merchandise is special order with design projects which extend to states outside of Michigan, including Colorado, Florida and Hawaii. Wendels Home & Design and its customers will be served from Art Van Furniture's one million square foot distribution center.
The new name will mean new jobs. The Mount Pleasant furniture retailer will be adding at least a dozen new jobs and plan to host a Career Fair on November 14th at 913 East Pickard, Mount Pleasant, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Position include: sales, housekeeping, warehouse and delivery positions. Interested applicants should apply in person at the 913 E. Pickard Street location, or send a resume to email@example.com.
David and his wife Lisa, who are very active in the community, will continue to operate the Art Van Furniture store in Mount Pleasant. The official name change will occur on January 1st.
About Art Van Furniture: Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 34 stores in 33 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus six freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Canton, Troy, Rochester Hills, Brighton, Ann Arbor and New Hudson, Michigan. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.artvan.com.
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