When TheFind Furniture Warehouse opens its doors on Memorial Day, it will mark a new day for the mom-and-pop owners of the operation as well as for shoppers looking to buy furniture.
The store is different from its peers in two ways. First, it will focus on close-outs and large-quantity purchases. And it will have limited hours — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and on the four national holiday Mondays.
Those limited hours, as well as the store’s setting in a 40,000-square-foot industrial warehouse at 3635 Zane Trace Drive, just east of Interstate 270, will allow the retailer to offer mid- to high-end furniture at up to 75 percent off normal retail pricing, said Amy Kandel, who owns the business along with her husband, Steven.
The unusual business model is the result of experience. The Kandels got into the furniture business more than a decade ago with a similar operation called Star Furniture in Bakersfield, California.
“We found most people shop but don’t buy during the week because they need to bring back someone else when they’re off work, and that’s usually on the weekend,” Amy Kandel said.
Amy Kandel is a graduate of Columbus School for Girls. She started in retail after graduating from Ithaca College and worked in New York for Liz Claiborne, Ann Taylor Loft and J. Crew. Her husband, who’s a West Coast native, has a master’s degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.
The couple started selling furniture in 2006 when they bought an exisiting store in Bakersfield. A decade later, they found that their landlord wasn’t interested in renewing their lease.
After a trip back to Columbus, Amy Kandel said she decided, “I want to be home with my mom and dad. And my husband said, ‘Let’s do it.'”
They drove back to Ohio, bought a house in Bexley and went to work setting up their new business.
TheFind will offer a mix of closeouts, one-of-a-kind items and container buys.
“Other stores don’t need to be afraid of us,” she said. “They’re in the custom business; we’re not.”