South Florida furniture retailer City Furniture opened the first of four new South Florida locations Monday. The new “superstore” in Cutler Bay features an Ashley Furniture HomeStore and a City Furniture showroom.
City Furniture is planning to open Ashley stores in Dadeland and North Miami, as well as a Dolphin Mall superstore, in the next three years. The new stores will hire a total of about 150 people, City Furniture president Keith Koenig said.
The company has been a licensee of Ashley Furniture Industries since 2004. Ashley is the largest furniture retailer in North America.
The expansion follows the opening of three new stores since 2011. A City Furniture store opened in Pinecrest and Ashley Furniture HomeStores debuted in Oakland Park and West Palm Beach.
The Cutler Bay showroom was built to LEED standards, making it the company’s sixth location to seek the sustainability stamp.
“City Furniture has had the most actual accomplishments in sustainability in the retail furniture industry in the country,” Koenig said. More than half of the company’s delivery vehicles run on compressed natural gas.
The Cutler Bay store brings the company to 27 locations, all in south and central Florida. The company is also looking into locations in the Orlando and Tampa areas, Koenig said.
Koenig said City Furniture’s total revenues increased almost 15 percent from last year.
“We’re very much tied to the housing industry, so as housing continues to recover, we’re continuing to expand,” he said.