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Art Van Furniture buying rest of World of Floors

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 9.34.13 AMWarren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture is purchasing the remaining half of World of Floors and moving the company headquarters into its own in Warren.

Under the deal announced last week, Art Van will buy the 50% of the flooring business that had been held by World of Floors founder and CEO Emil Pedick, making the business a wholly owned brand of the Michigan furniture company.

“We have big plans for Art Van World of Floors,” Art Van Elslander, the founder of his namesake furniture company, said in a news release. “I personally look forward to making it the No. 1 flooring business in the markets we serve.”

Art Van did not disclose the purchase price.

Founded in 1997, World of Floors grew to become the largest flooring specialty chain in Michigan with 27 locations, the company said. Pedick said he had envisioned a store-within-a-store concept that leveraged the marketing and customer base of a furniture operation.

Art Van, a family-owned company, is one of the largest independent furniture retailers in America with 44 stores, including 37 in Michigan.

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Beaulieu awarded for making ‘No Excuses’ for Floor to Ceiling

DALTON—Beaulieu of America recently received recognition for a successful promotional program with Floor To Ceiling (FTC) called “No Excuses.” FTC is part of Preferred Brands, which is also parent to the World of Floors franchise.

The No Excuses collection features a carpet line made from Beaulieu’s solution-dyed PET polyesters incorporating Magic Fresh, the mill’s built-in odor reducing treatment. The rack display of these top-selling styles by Beaulieu was created especially for FTC showrooms. Continue reading Beaulieu awarded for making ‘No Excuses’ for Floor to Ceiling

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Preferred Brands delivers value, programs for members

ADAIRSVILLE, GA.—In a retail group arena that boasts divisions of CCA Global Partners, Alliance Flooring and Abbey Carpet, Preferred Brands may not be considered a household name, but what it may lack in brand awareness is more than offset by the services and value it offers to members.

Preferred Brands is comprised of the Floor To Ceiling and World of Floors formats. While the latter is strictly flooring for the most part, Floor To Ceiling dealers, as the name suggests, separate themselves from the Carpet Ones, Flooring Americas and Abbey Carpets of the world via their product mix. A typical Floor To Ceiling dealer does about 50% of his business in flooring, 40% in kitchen and bath, and 10% in decorative products like widow treatments and lighting. Continue reading Preferred Brands delivers value, programs for members

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Checking in: Random thoughts from the ivory tower

by Steven Feldman

This is an exciting month. Maybe not for you, but certainly for me. Even though I’ve been doing whatever it is I do for the better part of 16 years, I can still visit new places, cover events for the first time, and most importantly, learn new things.

I’ll illustrate. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Preferred Brands summit at Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, Ga. First, if you’ve never been to this place, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Yes, it took me longer to get from the Atlanta airport to this in-the-middle-of-nowhere place in rush hour traffic than it did for me to fly from New York to Atlanta, but once I arrived I never wanted to leave. The resort, owned by former Queen and Shaw head honcho Julian Saul, is picturesque and tranquil. (Saul even made an appearance.) Continue reading Checking in: Random thoughts from the ivory tower