Havertys Furniture has $2 million remodel following water damage – Wichita Eagle (blog)

If there’s such a thing as reverse hyperbole, Havertys Furniture market manager Willie Blake is demonstrating it when he says the store “had a little water intrusion … which shut us down.”

A fire suppression line broke at the store on North Rock Road just south of 21st Street, and it led to more than “a little” damage.

“They estimated about 170,000 gallons of water came into the showroom,” Blake says. “That pretty much destroyed every single piece of furniture in the building.”

He says some of that furniture could have been saved, but Havertys management never would have felt comfortable selling it. That’s because even if the furniture – say, a dining room table – looks good now, “Well, what if that piece splits?”

Blake says Havertys sold everything in the store to a salvage company in the northeast.

The company spent $2 million remodeling its showroom, which was built in 1996. That includes new walls, carpet and paint.

“It was covered under insurance,” Blake says. “It didn’t cover it all, but they covered a large portion of it.”

The store will open sometime in mid-November with new furniture.

“It’s pretty much the latest style in furniture,” Blake says. “All of the latest trends in home fashion will be in there.”

Look for more information about a grand reopening sale then.


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