Changing cast in Top 100
December 21, 2009,
HIGH POINT — Size is no guarantee of success in the furniture retailing business, a look at Furniture/Today's Top 100 ranking for the past decade reveals.
For some, it seemed more of a curse.
More than a third of the retailers that were on the Top 100 in 1999 - 34 companies - were off the list by 2009.
And 38 of the companies on this year's ranking were not on in it in 1999.
These 34 stores were on the Top 100 in 1999 but not 2009:
America Group, Vancouver, Wash.
Benchmark, Lenexa, Kan.
Breuners Home Furnishings Corp., Lancaster, Pa.
Domain, Norwood, Mass.
Expressions Custom Furniture, Hickory, NC
Granite Furniture, Salt Lake City
Hank's Discount Fine Furniture, Little Rock, Ark.
Heilig-Meyers, Richmond, Va.
HomeLife, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Homestead House, Broomfield, Colo.
Kirschman's, New Orleans
Krause's Custom Crafted Furniture, Brea, Calif.
Leather Center, Carrollton, Texas
Levitz, Boca Raton, Fla.
Mastercraft Interiors, Beltsville, Md.
McMahan's, Los Angeles
Nationwide Warehouse and Storage, Norcross, Ga.
Norwalk - The Furniture Idea, Norwalk, Ohio
Plunkett Furniture, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Roberds, Dayton, Ohio
Rose Furniture, High Point
Seaman's, Woodbury, N.Y. (acquired by Levitz, which later failed)
Sleep Fair/Mattress Warehouse, Akron, Ohio
Sofa Express, Groveport, Ohio
The Bedroom Superstore, Phoenix (former licensee Mor Furniture for Less, San Diego, is now
on the Top 100)
The Bombay Co., Fort Worth, Texas
This End Up, Richmond, Va.
USA Baby, Elmhurst, Ill.
Verlo Mattress Factory Stores, Whitewater, Wis.
Wickes Furniture, Wheeling, Ill.
Wood-Armfield/Utility Craft, High Point
Workbench, Bayonne, N.J.
Four others listed in 1999 were acquired by other Top 100 companies:
Gabberts, Minneapolis, acquired by HOM Furniture, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Jordan's, Avon, Mass., acquired by Berkshire Hathaway
Nationwide Discount Sleep Centers, Philadelphia, acquired by Mattress Giant
Rockaway Bedding, Randolph, N.J., acquired by Sleepy's
38 companies on the Top 100 this year were not on it in 1999:
1800mattress.com, Long Island City, N.Y.
America's Mattress, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Arhaus Furniture, Walton Hills, Calif.
Ashley Furniture HomeStores, Arcadia, Wis.
Bedding Experts, Bridgeview, Ill.
Bernie & Phyl's Furniture, Norton, Mass.
Big Sandy Superstore, Franklin Furnace, Ohio
Conlin's Furniture, Billings, Mont.
Cost Plus World Market, Oakland, Calif.
Costco Home, Issaquah, Wash.
Crest Furniture, Dayton, N.J.
Design Within Reach, San Francisco
Easy Life Furniture, La Mirada, Calif.
FAMSA, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Furniture Factory Outlet, Muldrow, Okla.
Hill Country Furniture Partners, New Braunfels, Texas
Home Furniture, Lafayette, La.
Hudson's, Sanford, Fla.
JC Penney Home Store, Plano, Texas
Johnny Janosik, Laurel, Del.
Lack's Valley Stores, Pharr, Texas
Linder's Furniture, Garden Grove, Calif.
Living Spaces, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Macy's Furniture Gallery, New York
Mattress Discounters, Upper Marlboro, Md. (was part of Heilig-Meyers0
Miskelly Furniture, Jackson, Miss.
Mor Furniture for Less, San Diego
Morris Furniture, Fairborn, Ohio
PMD Furniture Direct, Columbus, Ohio
Roomful Express Furniture, Pittsburgh
Sam Levitz Furniture, Tucson, Ariz.
Severegn Furniture Management, Phoenixville, Pa.
Sit 'n Sleep, Gardena, Calif.
Spencer Enterprises, Saltillo, Miss.
Stickley, Audi & Co.
The RoomStore, Richmond, Va. (was part of Heilig-Meyers)
Williams-Sonoma, San Francisco
Wolf Furniture, Bellwood, Pa.
The above lists don't count five companies that were listed both years, but have changed their names:
Boyle's Furniture, Hickory, N.C., is now Hendricks Furniture Group, Conover, N.C.
Harlem Furniture, Lombard, Ill., is now The RoomPlace
South Dakota Furniture Mart, Sioux Falls, S.D., is now Furniture Outlets USA
Value City, Columbus, Ohio, is now American Signature
W.S. Badcock, Mulberry, Fla., is now Badcock Home Furniture & more