American Furniture Warehouse

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American Furniture Warehouse (AFW) is a privately held furniture retailer headquartered at Englewood, Colorado. It was founded in 1975 by entrepreneur Jacob Jabs in a former American Furniture Co. store location at 58th Avenue and Bannock in Denver, Colorado.[1] As of 2014 AFW has 14 locations, 12 in Colorado & 2 in Arizona, with its newest opening in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

AFW is well known in the Front Range area as Colorado's largest furniture retailer and for its frequent advertisements featuring founder Jake Jabs and animals. His local fame is such that Jabs was featured, along with Ron Zappolo, Tom Shane, and Jay Cutler, in the cartoon South Park season 11 episode entitled 'Guitar Queer-o' as a 'celebrity'.[2] Jabs is known as a major Republican donor and a financial backer of American Tradition Partnership, a group working to overturn Montana's campaign financial laws.[3][4]

In 2003 American Furniture Warehouse and Value City declared they would no longer buy bedroom sets from companies whose executives signed a petition charging China with illegally dumping cheap furniture in the United States including Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co., Hooker Furniture Corp., and La-Z-Boy Inc.[5]

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  1. ^ "Corporate History Page". Archived from the original on 19 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  2. ^ Husted, Bill (2007-11-11). ""South Park" drops names, takes jabs". Denver Post. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  3. ^ Abowd, Paul (October 26, 2012). "Mystery deepens over origins of nonprofit battling Montana spending limits". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Duszak, Alexandra (October 22, 2012). "Furniture king a celebrity in Colorado". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Normington, Mick (2003-12-08). "Furniture retailers strike back against tariff supporters". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 

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