At Home (store)

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At Home Group Inc.
Type Private company
Industry Retail
Founded 1979 (as Garden Ridge Pottery)
Key people Lee Bird, CEO, Judd Nystrom, CFO
Products Furniture
Patio & Garden
Home Textiles
Housewares
Rugs
Seasonal Decor
Tabletop Decor
Wall Decor
Owners AEA Investors
Website www.athome.com

At Home is a privately held home decor retail chain based in Plano, Texas. Owned and operated by At Home Group Inc., the store 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.

History[edit]

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Founded in 1979 with one store in Schertz, Texas, the brand was created as Garden Ridge Pottery and was later renamed to simply Garden Ridge. In 2014, the company converted all stores to the At Home retail concept, repainting everything from orange to grey.[1] The company currently operates more than 80 stores in 21 states across the U.S.

AEA Investors acquired Garden Ridge in October 2011.[2]

Prior to this, the chain was privately held by Three Cities Research. Garden Ridge declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2004[3][4] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halkias, Maria (June 16, 2014). "Garden Ridge is evolving into At Home". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ AEA writes 50% equity check for $715M Garden Ridge LBO
  3. ^ "Kansas City Business Journal". 2004-02-02. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  4. ^ Louis, St. (2004-02-02). "Garden Ridge files for bankruptcy, local stores unaffected". Retrieved 2009-08-23.