Ashley Furniture to enter metro Detroit market with Westland store, others – Crain’s Detroit Business
- Wisconsin-based company franchised investor Zahi Abdelaziz of Aziz Group to operate locations
- 30,000-square-foot Westland store to open early November
- 13 others planned for southeast part of state over next five years
Ashley Furniture is entering the metro Detroit market with a store planned for Westland and another 13 in Southeast Michigan over the next five years.
The Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. has franchised investor Zahi Abdelaziz of Aziz Group to operate furniture locations in the southeast part of the state.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Before, the market was dominated by Art Van and Gardner-White” furniture stores, said Tim Attalla, who serves as legal counsel for the group. “Now consumers will have another very good choice.”
The first of what Abdelaziz plans to be many stores is set to open in Westland sometime in early November, he said. Construction is underway at 35120 Central City Parkway, the 30,000-square-foot former home of a Bed Bath & Beyond.
Najim Saymuah is in charge of the build-out. Investment in the building is not being disclosed.
Another 30,000-square-foot store is planned for the former site of a Kmart at 19800 West Road in Woodhaven. Bidding for construction has not yet taken place, but Abdelaziz said he expects it to open in early January.
Abdelaziz said there are also plans for a location to open in Lansing this month, as well as in Grand Rapids and Saginaw next year, but those stores will be operated by a different franchisee.
Ashley Furniture has locations in Bad Axe, Escanaba and Marquette, according to its website. The company has more than 600 Ashley HomeStore locations.
Each new store is expected to employ 36 people full time and four part time, said Scott Patrick, executive vice president of Aziz Group. A distribution center in Farmington Hills is expected to be staffed with 40 full-time employees.
Patrick said the company has held a job fair and filled some positions. He said the company is also planning community outreach and engagement with local charities.
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