From Home Furnishing Business
NHFA Retailers Of The Year: Lackâs Stores, Cramerâs Home Furnishings
By Home Furnishings Business in Furniture Retailing on March 2007
The National Home Furnishings Association named Lacks Stores of Victoria, Texas, and Cramers Home Furnishings of Ellensburg, Wash., as its Retailers of the Year during a gala dinner and awards presentation Tuesday at the High Point Market.
Lacks, a 39-store chain, was selected for the award in a category for larger retailers (with sales over $10 million a year) and the five-store Cramers chain received the award for smaller companies. Retailers of the Year awards recognize service to the home furnishings industry, community contributions and creative leadership.
Lacks stores is headed by Melvin and Janey Lack. Melvin Lack, a past NHFA president, has led the companys growth from 11 stores when he joined the company in 1969 to 39 stores today. NHFAs announcement cited Melvin Lacks work with the Houston Furniture Bank after devastating hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. Lacks provided 20 truckloads of clothing and furniture to storm victims from its inventory worth more than $750,000.
Cramers, operated by Marty and Michelle Cramer, have grown to five stores in just 12 years. The stores are staunch supporter of charitable and community causes, and Marty Cramer is active in NHFA and serves as treasurer of the organizations affiliate, the Western Home Furnishings Association.