At Home (store)
|Founded||1979 (as Garden Ridge Pottery)|
|Key people||Lee Bird, CEO, Judd Nystrom, CFO|
Patio & Garden
At Home, formerly known as Garden Ridge, is a privately held home decor retail chain based in Plano, Texas. In June 2014, the company announced the brand is converting all stores to the At Home retail concept, and opening 13 net new stores throughout the balance of the year. At Home is a big box specialty retailer of home decor products with more than 50,000 unique items across broad product categories, including furniture, garden, home textiles, housewares, patio, rugs, seasonal decor, tabletop decor and wall decor.
Founded in 1979 with one store outside San Antonio, the brand was created as Garden Ridge Pottery. The chain was later renamed to simply Garden Ridge and retained growth of 65 stores in 21 states and 33 markets. By the end of 2014, the company will operate more than 80 stores in 21 states and 38 markets. In early 2014, the company announced it was testing a new brand "At Home" to see if the new identity would better communicate the store's offerings with customers. Later that year, the company made the decision to convert all stores to At Home, having started in the Saint Louis metropolitan area.
Prior to this, the chain was privately held by Three Cities Research. Garden Ridge declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2004 due to failed lease negotiations and underwent major reorganization closing ten stores in Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee. After restructuring, the corporation emerged from Chapter 11 in 2005.
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