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Mercana opens U.S. warehouse

 6 February 2022     HGO Staff 

SURREY, British Columbia – To address increased demand from both its retail and design customers along the eastern seaboard of the United States, Mercana Furniture & Décor has acquired a new distribution center in the City of Newport News, Virginia.

Formerly occupied by Canon Global, the 124,676 square foot distribution centre will also help improve shipping efficiencies while housing thousands of items from across its full assortment of art, furniture, lighting, and accessories.

“Located near all major port terminals and railroads, Newport News is extremely favorable for inbound and outbound shipping,” Mercana chief operations officer Michael Saby said in a statement. “This investment will improve the agility of our supply chain and allow us to get products to our customers quicker than ever before. We expect to cut lead times from seven to ten business days to just two to three business days, it’s a gamechanger for our U.S. customers. We also see opportunity to centralize all returns to this facility and potentially offer a white glove service as we strive to meet our customers’ needs.”

The company worked closely with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Newport News Industrial Development Authority to ensure its part in the city’s initiative to attract new business investment into the region.

“With close to 300 parking spaces available, this facility provides massive opportunity to expand in the future” Saby said. “We plan to employ at least 26 roles within our first year of operation and hope that more efficiencies will bring more roles as we grow into the space.”

“It’s a privilege for us to be welcomed into the Newport News community,” added company president Devon Smith. “For us, success goes well beyond revenue and size, but is driven by a greater sense of community and purpose. We never want to lose sight of these values and are excited to be playing a part in cultivating sustainable business in the area. As for our customers, we’re excited to be able to meet their needs more efficiently as consumer demand continues to grow in 2022.”

Based here, Mercana Furniture and Décor is a furniture resource offering some 15,000-plus items across 35 product categories and a breadth of styles from rustic to modern. The company operates permanent showrooms at the World Market Center in Las Vegas and in the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) in High Point, North Carolina. It is also a regular exhibitor in the Toronto Gift Show at that city’s Congress Centre. 

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