22 Retailers Named Finalists for HFA Awards
The Home Furnishings Association has announced 22 finalists for the Association’s annual Retailer of the Year, Emerging Star and Trailblazer awards, the most coveted and influential retail honors in the furniture industry. The finalists, who range from Top 100 stores to local, family-owned retailers, were among 31 retailers nominated by their peers, manufacturers, vendors, and furniture reps. The winning retailers will be selected by a panel of judges across all walks of the furniture industry.Sharron Bradley, CEO of the HFA, said those judges would have their work cut out in the coming weeks. “It’s an impressive list of finalists,” said Bradley. “Each of them creates a unique, personalized shopping experience and is an integral part of their community. They’re wonderful models for our industry.”Here’s a look at the finalists and the awards they’ve been nominated for:Large Retailer of the YearThe Large Retailer of the Year honors a retailer with 50 or more employees who exhibit exceptional philanthropy, technology, customer experience, mentoring, sustainability, and store culture. There are four finalists: City Furniture in Tamarac, Fla., American Furniture Galleries in Sacramento, Calif., Exclusive Furniture in Houston, and Howell Furniture Galleries in Beaumont, Texas.Small Retailer of the YearThe Small Retailer of the Year honors a retailer with fewer than 50 employees who exhibit exceptional philanthropy, technology, customer experience, mentoring sustainability, and store culture. There are 11 finalists: Flamingo Furniture in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rider Furniture in Kingston, N.J., Blackmon’s Furniture & Appliance in El Dorado, Ark., A Royal Suite in Southern California, and Brakenridge Furniture Co., in Ferriday, La., Quality Furniture in Fresno, Calif., Hoot Judkins Furniture in Redwood City, Calif., and Lipmann’s Furniture & Interiors in Peoria, Ill., Ashley HomeStore, Victoria, Texas, Wasser’s Exclusive Furniture & Interiors in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and Joplimo Mattress in Joplin, Mo.Emerging StarThe Emerging Star award honors a retailer under 40 years old who’s been in business for three to five years. There are four Emerging Star finalists: Joel Haimsohn of Lawrence Furniture in San Diego, RandiLynn Talsma of Blended Furniture in Norton Shores, Mich., Jared Simon of Simon Furniture in Franklin, Mass., and Joe Bright of Dunk & Bright Furniture in Syracuse, N.Y.TrailblazerThe Trailblazer award honors a retailer who has been in business for at least 20 years. There are three Emerging Star finalist: Greg Crowley of Crowley Furniture in Kansas City, Mo., Nick Reena of Barr’s Furniture in Riverside, Calif., and Diane Lackey of The Decorator’s Edge in Thomasville, N.C.Winners will be announced in their stores January 6-10 and celebrated at the HFA’s resource Center on January 25 during Las Vegas Market.About the Home Furnishings Association: The Home Furnishings Association (HFA), with roots dating back to 1920, is North America’s only trade association devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,400 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information, visit www.myhfa.org.
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