Typically, furniture is the third-most expensive thing people buy, after their homes and cars. But being able to find affordable furniture isn’t always an easy task. Fortunately for Michigan residents, two local furniture giants have come together to provide a wider range of options.
Klingman’s Furniture and Design and Hegg’s Gallery of Fine Furniture have joined forces to open a 50,000-square-foot showroom in Holland. While both businesses will maintain their other separate locations in Grand Rapids and Hart, they’re eager to serve the community with their combined location.
“We are thrilled about this new opportunity,” said Jason Israels, president of Klingman’s. “Hegg’s Furniture has served the lakeshore for decades by providing quality home furnishings and accents. We at Klingman’s Furniture and Design are excited to continue their practice while tying in our tradition of offering our customers a large selection of home furnishings at the very best value with superior service.”
Stacie Hegg, who owns Hegg’s Gallery of Fine Furniture, felt the companies had two choices: they could either continue to compete against each other, or they could merge on this venture and capitalize on a formerly inaccessible market.
While Hegg says her company currently caters to the mid-to-upper levels of the furniture market, Klingman’s specializes in higher-end pieces and clients. By working together, each company can reach customers they previously were unable to target.
Both businesses have a long history in the West Michigan area. Klingman’s has served local residents since 1896, and Hegg’s is now in its fourth generation of ownership since opening in 1946. At the new showroom, staff members from each company will work together, creating a new chapter for both brands.
West Michigan seems to be experiencing a bit of an interior decorating boom. Storage manufacturer California Closets recently announced that they’ll be building a manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids. Its construction will cost over $5.7 million and the facility is expected to create over 60 new jobs for area residents.
President of California Closets, Eric Wollf, said, “West Michigan is attractive to us due to many factors. The location offers proximity to our customers and supply base, but more importantly a strong talent base in manufacturing and design. The West Michigan area has been a leader in forward-thinking and furniture-related industries, which fits our direction and future.”