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Retail Scene
Written by Michael J. Knell   

FROM THE HGO MERCHANDISER

It's been said the overwhelming majority of new business start-ups are lucky to reach their fifth anniversary. To reach that milestone 32 consecutive times under the ownership and management of four generations of a single family is truly remarkable. It's so rare there are barely a handful of furniture retailers across North America who can claim membership in this truly elite club. Indeed, some experts maintain only 3% of all family-owned businesses, regardless of the category in which they complete, make it to the fourth generation.

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BG secures new investment
Furniture Scene
Written by Michael J. Knell   
WALKERTON, Ontario (21 October 2014) - BG Furniture has secured an initial $750,000 in ‘gross sales royalty' financing from Grenville Strategic Royalty Corporation. The funds will be used to support the solid wood case goods producer's sales growth and market expansion plans.
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GLR big ticket sales up again in August
By the Numbers
Written by HGO Staff   
OTTAWA (22 October 2014) - Statistics Canada's Group of Large Retailers (GLR) saw sales increase on a month-over-month basis in all major big-ticket home categories in August with the sole exception of major appliances. All five recorded improvements year-over-year.
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Jaymar launches Freidman collection
TERREBONNE, Quebec (16 October 2014) - Contemporary upholstery specialist Jaymar will unveil its first collection for the well-known American furniture designers Stanley Jay Friedman at the upcoming fall edition of the High Point Market.
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Durham renews Mount Vernon license
DURHAM, Ontario (15 October 2014) - Solid wood furniture producer Durham Furniture has renewed its licensing agreement with the owners and operators of Mount Vernon, the home and estate of George Washington, the first President of the United States.
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Zedbed to launch adjustable base, six mattresses and new protectors at HPM
SHAWINIGAN, Quebec (16 October 2014) - Specialty bedding producer Zedbed is planning an expansive launch at this weekend's High Point Market, including the debut of its first-ever adjustable base as well as six new mattresses and a new range of mattress protectors.
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TCHFM becomes CFS as organisers announce the return of Consumer Day
TORONTO (15 October 2014) - For the past 42 years, this industry's only national event has been known as The Canadian Home Furnishings Market. Beginning today, it will be called the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS). This was one of many changes presented to the industry today by its owners and organisers, the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA).
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Jaymar-Luna

The Luna (seen here) is the part of the first collection designed for Jaymar by the well-known U.S. based furniture designer Stanley Jay Freidman. It will be unveiled at this week’s High Point Market as part of new owner Daniel Walker’s growth plan for the Montreal-based upholstery market. Click here for details.


 

 

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