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June 7, 2014

World’s largest manufacturer of furniture will be arriving soon to west Norman

NORMAN — Ashley Furniture HomeStore is coming to Norman soon. Construction of the Ashley site in the University North Park between Robinson Street and Tecumseh Road is nearing completion.

Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. is the largest manufacturer of furniture in the world and Ashley HomeStore is the largest furniture retailer in the U.S. Established in 1945, Ashley offers a broad product assortment to retail partners in 123 countries.

Ashley HomeStore celebrated the opening of its 500th store in Longview, Texas, on Feb. 21, according to a company press release. Throughout its17-year history Ashley Furniture HomeStore has experienced explosive growth — exceeding $3 billion in sales in 2013 — and adding store locations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The brand’s robust pipeline includes 50 additional HomeStore openings in 2014. The Longview store is the 48th HomeStore in the state of Texas. Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s network of licensed and company-owned stores has been the number one selling U.S. furniture store brand since 2006.

Ashley is a family-owned business lead by president and CEO, Todd Wanek; and his father, Ron Wanek, chairman and founder of contemporary Ashley.

The Norman store will be located just off of 24th Avenue NW, between Kohl’s and Interstate 35.

The store will be between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet and feature bedroom and dining room furniture, occasional tables, entertainment centers, home office furniture, recliners, mattresses, lamps and accessories.

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