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Kittle’s Furniture Joins Furniture First

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The Furniture First Board of Directors recently announced that they have approved Kittle's Furniture as a member. Kittle’s eight stores are located in Indiana, with five locations in the Indianapolis area and one each in Bloomington, Lafayette and Fort Wayne.

Kittle’s Furniture started in 1932 as a small downtown store and is still majority-owned by the Kittle’s family. In 2010, when Jim Kittle retired from the business his grandparents started, he turned the reigns over to Eric Easter, the current President, CEO and minority owner of Kittle’s. Jim’s brother John Kittle also has an ownership stake in the business.

“Kittle’s is excited to become a part of the Furniture First buying group,” said Eric Easter. “We look forward to listening, learning and contributing. The perspective of fellow retailers will prove invaluable as we navigate retail’s new waters.”

“We’re thrilled to have Kittle’s Furniture join our group” said Andrew Kauffman, CEO of Furniture First. “They are a well-respected, strong retail organization. They aligned well with our merchandise offerings and our service programs are expected to provide them with substantial benefits.”

As a new member, Kittle’s will be eligible for free travel to and accommodations at the buying group’s Annual Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, May 14-16. New members attend a pre-symposium orientation that acquaints them with the 60+ marketing and business service programs Furniture First brings members, including Tools 2B First analytics, as developed by member Furniture Mall of Kansas.

More about Furniture First: Furniture First is a cooperative national home furnishings and mattress buying group serving full line independent retailers with sales over $2 million. A recent analysis found that collectively the group represents $2 billion in retail sales through 489-member store fronts. Furniture First occupies showrooms in High Point (IHFC G-770) and Las Vegas (A-810) where they display products from several of the group’s approved vendors. For more information, visit www.FurnitureFirst.coop/join or call 800-411-3477

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