Gardner White Takes Over Former Art Van Store, HQ in Warren

Gardner White, the Auburn Hills-based furniture and mattress retailer, is expanding its footprint in Warren by moving into the former Art Van store, warehouse, and corporate office at 14 Mile and Van Dyke.
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Gardner White (Auburn Hills headquarters pictured) is moving into the former Art Van store, warehouse, and corporate office in Warren. // Courtesy of Gardner White
Gardner White (Auburn Hills headquarters pictured) is moving into the former Art Van store, warehouse, and corporate office in Warren. // Courtesy of Gardner White

Gardner White, the Auburn Hills-based furniture and mattress retailer, is expanding its footprint in Warren by moving into the former Art Van store, warehouse, and corporate office at 14 Mile and Van Dyke.

Gardner White will be assuming part of the warehouse, while also maintaining its current Auburn Hills Distribution Center. The expanded warehouse space will be used to support the company’s in-stock strategy by allowing for more storage space for incoming freight. The retailer will continue to operate same-day delivery services on thousands of in-stock items from its Auburn Hills facility.

“As Michigan’s No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer, we are proud to make the Warren location our flagship store,” says Rachel Stewart, president of Gardner White. “We want to thank Warren Mayor Jim Fouts for his support and leadership in making this historic move possible. It’s our belief that building a close and vibrant relationship with the communities around our locations is vital to our success.”

Gardner White has been in expansion mode over the past 12 months and will operate 13 stores by early March. In recent months, Gardner White has taken over six former Art Van stores and re-opened them in Canton Township, Rochester Hills, Saginaw, and Shelby Township. Next week, the Taylor store will debut, and a Howell location will follow in early March.

In addition to the two Warren locations, the company’s other locations include Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Brighton, Novi, Southfield, Taylor, and Waterford Township.

Each Gardner White location includes the Gardner White Design Studio and Clearance Center, with furniture and mattresses for all types of interiors. The stores feature top furniture brands like Rowe, Century, Southern Motion, Flexsteel, and more. The company says it offers the largest bedding selection in the state, with brands including Tempur-Pedic, Beautyrest, Serta, Aireloom, Stearns & Foster, and Sealy.

“We believe that the core to our success will be hiring exceptional professionals to work in our stores,” Stewart says. “Our expansion and success are creating some great career opportunities for talented individuals in all our communities.”

For a complete list of job openings at Gardner White and to apply, visit here.

Last September, the former Art Van Furniture headquarters was sold to Montreal-based Groupe Qunit for $52.5 million. The property at 6500 E. 14 Mile Road was formerly occupied by Love Furniture Inc., which went out of business last year.

To learn about what led to the demise of Art Van Furniture, as covered in DBusiness magazine, visit here.

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