Hickory Furniture Mart: After Market Sale
For all of your home furnishing needs, check out the Fall After Market Sale at Hickory Furniture Mart, where you can custom order furniture to your preference while enjoying additional After Market savings. You’ll find one of-a-kind Market samples that have just been released from the High Point wholesale Market and are not available anywhere else in the world. Deep discounts on clearance items, floor models and high-end outlet products will be yours for the taking at the special event.
Friday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 9
Friday, Nov. 7 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 8 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Community Spotlight: Tracey Trimble, Vice President & General Manager, Hickory Furniture Mart
How did Hickory, North Carolina become a furniture destination?
It all started back in 1901 when a local merchant stood in front of his business watching freight trains transport loads of southern lumber to thriving furniture factories up north. He often wondered why these lumber resources weren’t being used locally to produce furniture so he brought together several local businessmen who initiated a plan to build and manufacture furniture in the Hickory area. Skilled craftsmen, along with their families and friends had already migrated to this area, which created an abundant labor pool of people who were eager to train and willing to work with the local community. These businessmen successfully organized their first furniture factory and called it Hickory Furniture Company. From there, furniture companies continued to open and prosper, many branching off from one another, while skillfully crafting and designing some of the world’s finest furniture.
Explain how Hickory Furniture Mart serves both the wholesale and retail industries?
When Hickory Furniture Mart opened in 1960, it was exclusively open to the trade and to wholesale buyers only. In 1985, when the furniture industry shifted a majority of its wholesale operations to High Point, the building transitioned into a retail distribution center that became open to the general public. Now wholesalers are able to distribute their furniture through our retailers, which allows them to pass along their discount pricing directly to our customers. Over the years Hickory Furniture Mart has become North Carolina’s most trusted furniture and design resource and is considered one of the top retail furniture destinations around the world. Customers visit on a weekly basis from an average of 38 states and several international countries. The Mart offers 100 different showrooms, outlets, factory stores and private galleries representing 1,000 of the most popular domestic and international manufacturers and designers worldwide.
What else are visitors able to experience at Hickory Furniture Mart?
You are able to immerse yourself in the most diverse selection of fine furniture, rugs, lighting, fabrics and accessories available. If you need design advice, our expert sales and design associates are always available or we are happy to set up a personal appointment with one of our seasoned professional interior designers. After your purchases are complete, our showrooms work together to consolidate your shipping to one or more locations. While you are here, you may also have lunch at our café, coffee at our coffeehouse or stay overnight at our Holiday
Furniture stores are popping up all over Charlotte. How has Hickory’s furniture industry impacted Charlotte?
Hickory has created a region that is rich in furniture history and culture. Because of this, there is a very diverse and extremely talented pool of furniture craftsmen and designers in our area, including many in Charlotte. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in our industry, which has allowed unique opportunities for new furniture companies to flourish and for local designers to expand their professional services to a national and international client base.
This ran in the October 2014 issue of Charlotte Happenings.