Raymour & Flanigan

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Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
Private
Industry Furnishings
Founded 1946; 72 years ago (1946)
Founder Bernard Goldberg
Arnold Goldberg
Headquarters Liverpool, New York, U.S.
Key people
Neil Goldberg, President and CEO
Products Home Furniture
Number of employees
5,000[1]
Website www.RaymourFlanigan.com

Raymour & Flanigan is an American furniture retail chain, based in the Northeastern United States.

Overview[edit]

Raymour’s Furniture Company, the predecessor of Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, was established by brothers Bernard Goldberg and Arnold Goldberg in 1946.[2] Raymour & Flanigan Furniture is the largest furniture retailer in the Northeast and the seventh largest in the U.S.[3]

History[edit]

Bernard Goldberg and his younger brother, Arnold Goldberg, co-founded the first Raymour Furniture store, the predecessor of Raymour & Flanigan, in late 1946 in downtown Syracuse, New York. They named the furniture store after an antiques shop on Long Island which was owned by a third brother.[2]

In 1972, Bernard and Arnold Goldberg opened a second Raymour Furniture store in Clay, New York, during which time Bernard Goldberg's son, Neil, joined the family-owned company.[2]

In 1990, Raymour’s Furniture Company acquired competitor, Flanigan's Furniture, which operated fourteen stores in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. The acquisition gave Raymour & Flanigan its present name.[4][2]

By 2005, the company had begun to focus on expanding its presence in the New York metropolitan area by acquiring Futurama, a furniture retailer with three large stores.[5] In 2007, Raymour & Flanigan purchased Alpert’s Furniture, located in the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts area.[6] In December 2008, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture acquired 18 Levitz Furniture store locations in the New York metro area.[7]

Founder Bernard Goldberg remained the chairman of Raymour & Flanigan until his death in 2010. He was succeeded by two of his sons - President and CEO, Neil Goldberg and Steve Goldberg, Executive Vice President - as well as his nephew, Executive Vice President, Michael Goldberg.[2]

By 2011, the company had 100 stores across seven states in the Northeast.[8]

As of 2016, Raymour & Flanigan has over 110 stores in the Northeastern U.S.[9]

Products[edit]

Raymour & Flanigan sells home furniture including living room, dining room and bedroom furniture and mattresses.[10]

The company product offering ranges from traditional cherry wood pieces, to more modern styles such as denim sofas from the “Cindy Crawford Home” collection.[11] The company also has a line of upholstered furniture by designer Kathy Ireland.[12]

Awards[edit]

In April 2001, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture was named “Retailer of the Year” by the National Home Furnishings Association.[13] In 2004, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture received the “Retailer of the Year Award” from Furniture Today.[14] In 2007, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture was named "Newsmaker of the Year" by Home Furnishings Business.[15]

In 2009, the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association announced that the “Jerry Gans Memorial Award” would be awarded to the Goldberg family on behalf of the entire Raymour & Flanigan organization.[16]

In 2013, the Goldberg family received the Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope in recognition of Raymour & Flanigan’s philanthropy and business leadership.[17]

Raymour & Flanigan was voted “Best Furniture Store on Long Island” in 2016 and 2017 through the “Best of Long Island” program.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattresses LinkedIn". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Engel, Clint (2010-09-01). "Raymour & Flanigan co-founder Bernard Goldberg dies, Had remained chairman of Top 100 furniture retailer". Furniture Today. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Company donates $500,000 for Say Yes to Education scholarships". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  4. ^ "SYRACUSE-AREA CHAIN BUYS FLANIGAN'S FURNITURE STORES". The Buffalo News. 1989-10-31. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Raymour acquires N.Y.'s Futurama | Furniture Today". www.furnituretoday.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Daily News Archive | Raymour & Flanigan to Acquire Alperts". hfbusiness.com. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  7. ^ "Raymour & Flanigan Expands New York City Presence | Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Press Center". www.raymourflanigan.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Legacy Issue". issuu. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Raymour & Flanigan opens third Delaware store". delawareonline. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  10. ^ "HFBNow! Daily News and Designer Weekly | Raymour & Flanigan Opens". hfbusiness.com. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  11. ^ "Raymour & Flanigan makes buying furniture quick and easy". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  12. ^ "Raymour & Flanigan Partners With Kathy Ireland Home | Furniture World Magazine". Furniture World Magazine. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  13. ^ "NHFA's 2001 Retailers of the Year— Giff Gates and Neil Goldberg To Be Honored In High Point | Furniture World Magazine". Furniture World Magazine. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  14. ^ "Empire honors Raymour & Flanigan | Furniture Today". www.furnituretoday.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  15. ^ "Levitz Stores Hang Going-Out-Of-Business Banners | Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Press Center". www.raymourflanigan.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  16. ^ "Neil Goldberg, Michael Goldberg and Steven Goldberg of Raymour & Flanigan To Be Honored By GNYHFA | Furniture World Magazine". Furniture World Magazine. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  17. ^ "City of Hope plans Spirit of Life Awards | Furniture Today". www.furnituretoday.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  18. ^ "Best Furniture Store on Long Island - Best Of Long Island". Best Of Long Island. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-10-02.