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Mealey's Furniture opens sixth store in Philadelphia area

 Dan Mealey, holding check on left, and Ed Darcy, in center, of Mealey’s Furniture gather with other Mealey’s leaders and guests to open a new store in Devon, Pa. The event raised $5,000 for Red Cross relief efforts for area flood victims.Dan Mealey, holding check on left, and Ed Darcy, in center, of Mealey’s Furniture gather with other Mealey’s leaders and guests to open a new store in Devon, Pa. The event raised $5,000 for Red Cross relief efforts for area flood victims.

DEVON, Pa. — Mealey's Furniture opened its sixth Philadelphia-area store here this weekend, tying the event to a charitable donation.

Founders Kevin and Dan Mealey, President Ed Darcy and others from Mealey's leadership team welcomed guests to the 67,000-square-foot store with a one-day fundraiser, raising $5,000 for American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter.

The Devon store on Swedesford Road in the western suburbs of Philadelphia "furthers the Mealey's Furniture mission to create an unparalleled in-store experience offering affordable furnishings and superior services while giving back to its community," the company said in a release.

The Warminster, Pa.-based Top 100 company now operates five full-serve stores, an outlet and a distribution center. It employs nearly 250 people.

A portion of the Oct. 1 opening day sales were donated to the National Disaster Relief Fund that the Red Cross is using to help victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. It's the latest in a long line of charitable endeavors by the retailer benefitting organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the area's Penndel Mental Health. In addition, Mealey's annual "Houseful of Furniture" promotion gives away furnishings for an entire home to a deserving family in need.

"Giving back to the community is essential to Mealey's," said Joe Pietrowski, the retailer's vice president. "By lending a helping hand where needed, we can help build and sustain communities together."

In additional to offering furniture for all rooms of the home, the new store also features Mealey's café with free snacks and drinks, and a kids' play area. The retailer also has been promoting a new iPhone app that allows consumers to scan items in the store and see how they will look in their homes by using the camera feature.

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