From Home Furnishing Business
Olinde's, Harkness Take Home Furniture Retail Awards
The Home Furnishing Networking Conference kicked off in Phoenix last night with the Retailer of the Year Awards dinner.
Tom Olinde of Olinde's Furniture www.olindes.com in Baton Rouge, La., accepted the award as the North American Home Furnishings Association's retailer of the year for businesses with sales of $10 million or more.
Olinde's operates 12 stores, including two full-line furniture stores, two bedding superstores and eight Ashley Furniture HomeStores.
Dave Harkness of Tacoma, Wash.-based Harkness Furniture took home the award for businesses with sales under $10 million. Harkness' 60,000-square-foot showroom space spans four floors along with a sleep center and a Furnish 123 gallery next door.
The conference continues today and runs through Tuesday evening.