7/12/2018 – Furniture store fills up space at Hudson shopping center

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by admin


July 12, 2018


By Virginia Annable
(Lenoir) News-Topic


Farmers Home Furniture may be a multi-state company with over 200 stores, but store manage Bryan Pope wants the new Hudson branch to be a community store.


“We’re trying to make it a hometown place,” Pope said.


The store, which opened in June, carries mainly home furniture but also stocks outdoor appliances and TVs, and the showroom is stocked full.


Rows of plus red, green and gray recliners face the front. Various couches and sectionals are scattered throughout the entire room, some with electronic adjustment systems, others with foldable tables hidden behind the cushions and each with different textures, shapes and colors.


On one end of the expansive showroom, TVs line the wall and speakers are stacked high on shelves. Customers are often surprised to see electronics in a furniture store, Pope said, but he thinks it makes perfect sense because that’s what you face your couch toward.


“We’ve got a mixture of things here,” Pope said. “We have everything you need to make a home.”


Farmers Home Furniture started in 1949 in Georgia and has grown to 220 stores, Pope said. The company expects to open about 20 stores this year. Hudson was chosen because of Caldwell County’s furniture ties, Pope said.


“We did our research and learned about the history here,” he said.


The space the store moved into in the Hudson Crossing Shopping Center on U.S. 321 at Pine Mountain Road has been vacant for eight years.


“We feel like we can put life back into the building,” Pope said.


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