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Ashley Furniture Sold on Distribution Center Despite Obstacles

Thunder grumbled outside the offices of Ashley Furniture Industries on Baltimore Road last week, a sound that did not escape the ears of Ron Wanek , the furniture giant's chairman of the board.

"So we're blessed with more rain?" Wanek said.

His wry delivery elicited a few knowing chuckles from those gathered around a small conference table. The rain this summer has been more a curse than a blessing, wreaking havoc on the construction schedule of an $80 million plant that has been hit by a year's worth of setbacks.

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Source: Individual.com

Employment Commision Sues Mattress Vendor in Racial Case

The federal agency that enforces workplace discrimination complaints has sued Carolina Mattress Guild, accusing the company of subjecting black employees to a racially hostile work environment and unlawfully firing an employee who complained about racial remarks that included the "N-word."

The mattress manufacturer and distributor is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the EEOC complaint, from as early as June of last year through about Aug. 9, 2012, Ricky Clark, a truck loader, and other black employees, were subjected to unwelcome derogatory racial comments and slurs by a white employee at Carolina Mattress Guild.

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Source: High Point Enterprise

 

The Dump Opens Chicago Market Store

The DumpFurniture retailer The Dump opened its 11th store over the weekend in the Chicago area.

 

SSA Names Slate of Officers

The Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) has named its new officers.

Williams-Sonoma's E-Commerce Becomes More Dominant

Net revenue in the web-dominated direct-to-consumer channel at Williams-Sonoma Inc. increased 15.3 percent to $477.66 million in its fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 4, accounting for nearly half of total net revenue, which rose 12.3 percent to $982.21 million, the retailer of kitchenware and other home furnishings said. 

Executives at the retailer said in a recent conference call with stock analysts that e-commerce sales grew by more than 20 percent in Q2 and accounted for more than 90 percent of direct-to-consumer sales, which also include telephone sales placed through paper catalogs.

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Source: InternetRetailer.com

Ikea Plans to Expand Retail Footprint

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea plans to accelerate store expansion, a part of its strategy to double sales to around $66 billion by 2020.

The announcement came from Ikea veteran Peter Agnefjall, who became CEO last week. Agnefjall aims to generate 5 percent annual sales growth in existing stores, while another 5 percent sales will come from new store openings.

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Source: Retail Business Review

'Mattress Mack' Recovering from Heart Procedure

Houston's furniture king Jim McIngvale , known to his fans as "Mattress Mack," tweeted on Thursday after undergoing a heart procedure at St. Luke's Hospital.

Well wishes flooded his Twitter page after he tweeted, "I had a procedure on my heart today @ the TX Heart Ins. @ St. Luke's for a condition called PFO. Looking fwd to getting back to work soon."

McIngvale has more than 3,000 followers on the social networking site.

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Source: Houston Chronicle

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