At Art Van Furniture
We’re not just qualifying you and your store to carry our name. We’re partnering directly with you to transform your store into a peak performer in your local market—and we’ve got the financing, support, strategies, and programs it takes to do it. Best of all, we listen to you. Want help financing part of your initial investment or floor inventory? We can help. Need assistance during build-out, remodeling, installing signage or the complete conversion process? We can help. If you’re just starting out, we’ll help you with real estate, site selection, and the construction process too. And just ask us about our impactful and effective grand opening, advertising, and public relations programs—your keys to outstanding market performance.
in the United States and Michigan’s undisputed # 1 furniture retailer, commanding over 20% market share in the communities we serve. Art Van Furniture is a market-leading firm whose success has been built one satisfied customer at a time for more than five decades. We have thrived in one of America’s most challenging markets by giving our customers what they want—when, how, and where they want it. We achieved our leading position through a single-minded focus upon excellence, delivering selection, value, convenience, and outstanding customer service before, during, and after the sale. That’s made us number one in sales, consumer awareness, and customer satisfaction.
Behind the scenes, we’re a retail powerhouse, leveraging our supplier relationships, exceptional buying power, marketing expertise, and outstanding inventory, warehousing, and distribution systems to create an optimally-performing organization. Nowhere is this more evident than in our growth trajectory and our bottom line—the measure of our best-in-class success.
with Outstanding Potential. When you join forces with Art Van Furniture, you’re becoming part of an $80 billion dollar industry which serves a nearly-universal human need. You may not have any furniture industry experience, or like many entrepreneurs considering franchising with us, may have never considered being part of the furniture industry.
and how well Art Van Furniture has transitioned through the course of the recent recession, might be all it takes to attract you. Furniture Today reports that the furniture industry is stable and is expected to grow to $96 billion by 2016, experiencing an 18.6% increase in the Midwest and 20.1% nationally. This will make the U.S. furniture and bedding industry—and its associated profit potential—bigger than they’ve ever been.
Art Van is growing in new and exciting ways—and you’re invited to explore being a big part of our ongoing success story.
are designed to transform entrepreneurs’ dreams into high-performing realities. From reaping the benefits of our high-impact, high-reward TV, radio, and newspaper advertising to savings on inventory, warehousing, labor, delivery, vehicles and fuel, Art Van franchisees will benefit from the industry muscle and highly-refined strategies and systems that only a true leader can offer. Add in our unparalleled name recognition, outstanding industry reputation and tremendous buying power and you’ve got a formula for your retail success.
Art Van Furniture got its start by partnering with entrepreneurs and other furniture retailers – just as we’re doing today in our franchising partnerships.
Art Van Elslander founded the company in 1959 on a shoestring budget with a 4,000 square foot store. Hard work and smart partnerships helped him weather the early ups and downs of the marketplace. By the 1970’s, Mr. Van Elslander proved himself to be a marketing innovator and industry leader. He eventually bought out his partners and led Art Van Furniture to the legendary status it enjoys today:
• a $500 million company with 2700 employees
• Retailer of the Year – 2009 Furniture Today
• Inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame
• Recipient of City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award
• Major philanthropic partner to over 150 charities and countless community initiatives
Art Van Furniture has grown by increasing marketshare in its core categories of furniture and mattresses, and by expanding into related categories that create more frequent visits and higher sales volume. Under the umbrella of the Art Van Furniture brand, the company also goes to market as The Clearance Center at Art Van, Art Van PureSleep (mattresses), Art’s Backyard (outdoor furniture), Paul’s TV inside Art Van, and World of Floors inside Art Van.
Ready to make our success your success? We’re ready to work with you. To learn more, review our website, videos, and informational materials, and call us for your Confidential Franchise Application and return it to us by mail, fax, or scan/email. Our Development Team will contact you shortly to begin the mutual evaluation process.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Director of Franchise Development and Operations Art Van Furniture