• Clint Engel

Big Sandy sets 2 more Columbus market stores

Expects a $20 million-plus bump in annual sales

FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — Big Sandy Superstore will open two new showrooms this fall, filling out its coverage in the greater Columbus, Ohio, market with its fifth and sixth stores there.

The Top 100 company will open a 25,000-square-foot store in Zanesville, Ohio, in a former Hhgregg location and an 80,000-square-foot showroom in Heath, Ohio, as an anchor in the Indian Mound Mall, where Steve & Barry’s was formerly located. Both stores are east of Columbus and are slated to open in the fourth quarter.

Big Sandy is investing about $5 million in the expansion and expects the stores will add more than $20 million in annual sales, CEO Robert Vanhoose told Furniture Today.

The regional retailer, with 19 stores in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and an e-commerce website, sells furniture, mattresses, appliances and electronics. Big Sandy did an estimated $104 million in furniture, bedding and accessory sales last year, up nearly 27% from the year before.

The latest expansion move follows the opening of two Columbus market superstores last year in Dublin, Ohio, and on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, for a combined 150,000 square feet in additional selling space. It already operated area stores in Chillicothe and Lancaster, Ohio.

“The Columbus, Ohio, area and central Ohio in general has been underserved for many years,” Vanhoose said in a release.

“Our ‘superstore experience’ sets us apart from other retailers,” he said, contending no other retailer in the area is offering “everything you need to furnish your home under one roof.”

The new stores will feature new source Coaster, including its Scott Living product, and an enhanced Magnolia Home offering as well and more premium kitchen appliance brands, including Monogram, GE Cafe and Profile and Jenn Air.

Other furniture sources include Affordable, Ashley, Jackson/Catnapper, Craftmaster, England, Flexsteel, HomeStretch and bedding brands Sealy, Serta, Simmons and Tempur-Pedic.

The company noted it will also open new “Kitchens. Inspired” areas in its Dublin and Polaris Parkway stores featuring premium appliances.

Big Sandy Superstore was established in 1953, in Ashland, Ky., near the banks of the Big Sandy River by Vanhoose’s father, Bob Vanhoose.

Clint EngelClint Engel | Senior Retail Editor, Furniture Today

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