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Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture to Open New 34,000 Square Foot Store and Smaller Upscale “Metro Living” Concept Store in Natick

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Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, one of the largest furniture retailers in New England, announced plans to open a new store in Natick, Massachusetts on Route 9.  The company has purchased two buildings at the former Lexington Furniture site – a 34,000 square foot building and a 5,000 square foot building – where the company plans to open a large Bernie & Phyl’s showroom along with an upscale “Metro Living” concept store in the smaller building.  The stores are expected to open in January 2012.
The company plans to do extensive renovations to the building including adding a new facade to the exterior.  Beautiful architectural columns, colorful and warm-toned walls, and track lighting will be installed to create an elegant and inviting backdrop to the furniture.
The main store will feature a wide selection of furniture that Bernie & Phyl’s sells and its popular “Sleep Center” featuring an extensive line of Sealy Posturepedic, Stearns and Foster, and Bassett bedding.  The new Metro Living store will feature higher end, but still value priced, contemporary leather and upholstery living room furniture.  Bernie & Phyl’s added Metro Living sections in several of its stores a few years ago, but this will be the first time that the retailer has opened a stand-alone Metro Living store.  Approximately 20 employees will be hired to staff the new stores.
“We are very excited about opening these two stores in Natick.  This is a market area that we have not served in the past and we think there is tremendous opportunity here,” said Larry Rubin, CEO of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture.  “This location will help us solidify our geographic base across the metro Boston region.  We believe that customers in this area are looking for the stylish furniture, reasonable prices, and the exceptional customer service we are known for.”
Based in Norton, MA, Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture is the largest privately owned furniture retailer in Massachusetts.  Started by the Rubin family in 1983, the family-run business has grown into one of the most successful furniture retailers in the country.  The company currently has seven stores in New England: Braintree, MA; Hyannis, MA; Nashua, NH; Raynham, MA; Saugus, MA; Warwick, RI; and Westboro, MA.  Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture received the prestigious Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in 2011, 2009, 2007, and 2004, which is given to companies that embody the highest ethical standards.  In 2002, the company was named “Retailer of the Year” by the National Home Furnishings Association, which is the highest honor in the retail home furnishings industry.  The company ranks among the Top 100 furniture stores in the country according to Furniture/Today magazine.

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