Gardner-White Furniture

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Gardner-White Furniture Company Inc. is an American furniture retailer. Founded in 1912, Gardner White Furniture Co. is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan.[1]

It was founded by Eugene Clinton White and John G. Gardner.[2] Irwin Kahn began working for the family-owned retailer in the mid-1950s and eventually became the second-generation owner and operator.[3] The company had a single store until 1974 but has since expanded to ten stores and a warehouse in southeastern Michigan.[4] The company is one of the largest to partner with Best Buy[5] and was the first furniture distributor in Michigan to bundle televisions and furniture together.[5] The company has recently moved from Warren to Auburn Hills, Michigan into what was a Ryder warehouse.[6] They also now have stores inside of two Best Buy stores (in Novi and Bloomfield Hills).[3] Prior to the headquarters move, the company held seven locations, after the move and new openings inside of Best Buy stores, the company now has a total of 10 locations.[7] The most notable person associated with the company was WXYZ-TV anchorman Bill Bonds, who lent his personality to TV advertisements.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Gardner-White Furniture Company, Inc". Privco. 
  2. ^ GEORGE N. FILLER HISTORIC MICHIGAN 1928- Page 307 "Eugene Clinton White, secretary and treasurer of the Gardner-White Company, one of the large furniture establishments in Detroit, has worked side by side with John G. Gardner in developing the enterprise into one of the leaders in the retail ..."
  3. ^ a b Engel, Clint (27 July 2012). "Gardner-White Furniture to open test stores in Best Buy". Furniture Today. 
  4. ^ "Mission Statement". Gardner-White Furniture. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Blake, Kathy (24 September 2012). "Gardner White launches furniture retail concept inside Best Buy". The Oakland Press. 
  6. ^ Kalokhe, Smita (11 May 2012). "Gardner-White celebrates milestone anniversary with expansion". Action News. WXYZ-TV. Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jobs 4 You: Gardner-White to hire 150-200". ClickOn Detroit. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 

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