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Kimbrell's President Hank Johnson retires after 42 years

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hank Johnson, longtime president of Kimbrell's Furniture Distributors, retired from daily duties July 31 after 42 years with the Top 100 company.

Johnson, who served as president of the 50-store credit-oriented chain for the past 24 years, will continue as a member of the executive committee of Kimbrell's board.

The company is not currently seeking a replacement for the post, but instead is being led by three existing vice presidents, said Ken Corley, Kimbrell's treasurer and secretary. They are Bernis Martin, Ken Thornburg and Michael Wong.

"We have enjoyed relationships with so many throughout the furniture arena who contribute to the success of home furnishings retailers," Johnson said in a release.

"The furniture industry has recently been a very challenging one, and it is rewarding that the Kimbrell's business model has prospered throughout the changing climate."

Johnson added that Kimbrell's has "a tremendously focused team of associates" dedicated to serving its customers and is proud to be celebrating 97 years in business.

"I'm excited about our progress and our future," he said.

Among other things, Johnson is a member of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Assn. He also has been a chairman of the association and a National Home Furnishings Assn. board member.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Kimbrell's is No. 87 on Furniture/Today's Top 100 with estimated furniture, bedding and accessories sales of $52.2 million last year, up 3.6% from the year before.


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