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Art Van Furniture To Break Ground On Its First Store Outside Of Michigan

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Art Van Executives Break Ground on new store in Springfield Twp, Ohio near Toledo.

A new era for Art Van Furniture was ushered today when the retailer's executives, led by founder and chairman, Art Van Elslander, gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the company's first store outside of its home state of Michigan. The expansion of Art Van Furniture to 1301 E. Mall Drive in Holland, Ohio in Springfield Township will energize the local economy, add new commerce to a vacant property, and create more than 100 new jobs.

"We have many Ohio residents who have been loyal Art Van customers for years, so it made sense to begin our out of state expansion in neighboring Toledo," said Van Elslander. "This is a truly exciting new chapter for our company."

In addition to the new Ohio showroom, Art Van Furniture will also open four Art Van PureSleep stores throughout the Toledo area. As in Michigan, these freestanding stores will educate consumers by properly fitting them with mattresses, pillows, and protections that best suit their individual needs and lifestyles.

"Between the new showroom and Art Van PureSleep stores, we are extremely proud that 115 new jobs will be created for the region," said Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture.

Customers at the Art Van Furniture stores in Ohio will enjoy same day or next day service from the retailer's 1,000,000 square foot warehouse 90 miles away in Warren, Michigan.

Construction on the 90,000 square foot showroom will begin on Monday, September 10, 2012. The store's grand opening is scheduled for the summer of 2013.

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 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. Visit www.artvan.com for more information.

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