Bob’s Discount Furniture announced it will contribute a total of $25,500 to 15 Washington, D.C.-area schools to celebrate the grand openings of two new retail furniture stores, in Fairfax, Va., and Waldorf, Md. The new stores – the fourth and fifth D.C.-area locations opened by Bob’s since 2011 – demonstrate the company’s continued interest in serving the nation’s capital, and are expected to add more than 50 jobs to the local economy.
Colleen Wood, area manager for Bob’s mid-Atlantic region, is the acting store manager for Bob’s new 35,489-square-foot Fairfax store in the Greenbriar Shopping Center at 13055A Lee Jackson Memorial Highway. Maurice McKisset, who previously managed the company’s Hyattsville, Md., store, will manage the new 30,103-square-foot Waldorf store, located at 3015 Festival Way.
Grand opening celebrations for each store will start at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Company President and co-founder Bob Kaufman will attend the Waldorf store ribbon cutting. Cathy Poulin, the company’s public relations director, will participate in the ribbon cutting at the Fairfax store. Complimentary refreshments from the stores’ cafes will be served, while children’s entertainment will include balloons and face painting. Grand opening festivities will extend through the weekend at both new store locations.
“We’re thrilled to expand our presence in the D.C. Metro area,” said Kaufman. “Especially in today’s economy, people here really appreciate our approach of offering values on fashionable, high-quality furniture with no gimmicks, and the same low prices every day.”
With the two new locations, Bob’s Discount Furniture now has 45 stores in nine states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia). The company opened three other D.C.-area locations during 2011, in Hyattsville and Rockville, Md., and Falls Church, Va.
To show its commitment to the new stores’ communities, Bob’s will present checks totaling $25,500 to 15 local schools during the grand openings. These funds are made possible by customer donations to collection jars located in the cafes found in every Bob’s store, which offer free refreshments (including gourmet coffee and fresh-baked cookies) to all Bob’s shoppers.
Two schools selected by their respective town councils, Waldorf’s Westlake High School and Fairfax’s Greenbriar West Elementary School, will each receive checks for $6,000 to support their education and arts programs. The Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church will receive $1,500 to help complete an outdoor classroom.
In addition, each of these Waldorf, Md., schools will receive $1,000 checks:
· C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School
· Berry Elementary School
· Theodore G. Davis Middle School
· William A. Diggs Elementary School
· John Hanson Middle School
· North Point High School
And each of the following Fairfax, Va., and Falls Church, Va., schools also will receive $1,000 checks:
· Congressional Schools of Virginia
· Corpus Christi School
· Fairfax High School
· Robert Frost Middle School
· Pine Spring Elementary School
· W.T. Woodson High School
Every month as part of its Outreach program, Bob’s Discount Furniture randomly selects seven schools in the communities near its stores and makes a donation of $1,000 to each one. This month, the company is doubling its usual contributions, by providing funds for school education and arts programs in both Maryland and Virginia. Bob’s has donated money to hundreds of schools over the past 20 years. Previous recipients have used the donations for such things as purchasing new art and classroom supplies, funding student activity groups and going on field trips.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture:
Bob’s Discount Furniture provides quality furniture at everyday low prices, along with a unique and enjoyable shopping experience featuring cafes in each store with free gourmet coffee, ice cream, fresh-baked cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering the highest-value home furnishings at the lowest possible prices. With 45 stores located throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia, the Manchester, Conn.-based company has become the 15th-largest U.S. furniture chain. Bob’s is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 15 years. In addition, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children’s-related charities. Every year the company donates more than $100,000 to schools and more than $1.5 million to charities through these programs. To find out more about Bob’s Discount Furniture, visit www.mybobs.com
. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit http://bobscares.org
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