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Bob's Discount to Hold NYC Grand Openings
By Home Furnishings Business in Store Openings on May 9, 2013
Bobs Discount Furniture will celebrate grand openings May 23 at two stores in New York City by donating $27,000 to local schools and youth programs.
The new stores in Brooklyn and the Bronx, the fourth and fifth New York City Bobs locations, are expected to add more than 130 jobs to the local economy.
Christian Toerres will manage Bobs new 25,114-square-foot Brooklyn store at 2520 Flatbush Ave. John Grimaldiwill manage the companys new 29,430-square-foot Co-op City store in the Bronx at 2146 Bartow Ave., in the Bay Plaza Shopping Center.
Grand opening celebrations for both stores will start at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, with local dignitaries on hand and complimentary refreshments served from the stores cafes. Company President and co-founder Bob Kaufman will attend the Brooklyn store ribbon cutting. Cathy Poulin, the companys public relations director, will participate in the ribbon cutting at the Bronx store.
Were thrilled to be expanding our presence in the New York City area, said Kaufman. Weve been embraced by every community that weve entered here, and were looking forward to introducing Brooklyn and Co-op City to our great values on quality furniture with no gimmicks and the same low prices everyday.
The company already operates three other New York City locations, in Queens and Manhattan. With the two new locations, Bobs Discount Furniture now has 47 stores in nine states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia).
To show its commitment to the new stores communities, Bobs Outreach program will present checks totaling $27,000 to 16 local schools and two youth-focused charities during the grand openings. These funds are made possible by customer donations to collection jars located in the cafes found in every Bobs store, which offer free refreshments (including gourmet coffee and cookies) to all Bobs shoppers.
Two schools selected by their respective borough presidents, Brooklyns PS 277-Gerritsen Beach Elementary School and the Bronxs PS 153-The Helen Keller School, will each receive $5,000 checks to support their education and arts programs. In addition, Bobs Random Acts of Kindness Program will present a $1,500 check to the East New York Urban Youth Corps at the Brooklyn store opening, and another to the Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth at the Bronx store opening.
Bobs Outreach will also present $1,000 checks to seven Brooklyn schools and seven Bronx School.
Every month as part of its Outreach program, Bobs Discount Furniture randomly selects seven schools in the communities near its stores and makes a donation of $1,000 to each one. This month, the company is doubling its usual contributions by providing funds for school education and arts programs in both Brooklyn and the Bronx. Bobs has donated money to hundreds of schools over the past 20 years. Previous recipients have used the donations for such things as purchasing new art and classroom supplies, funding student activity groups and going on field trips.