Warren-based Art Van Furniture to Open Largest Store, Debut Scott Shuptrine Near Chicago

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In August, Warren-based Art Van Furniture will open a $13 million store in the Village of Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. It will be the largest location in the 55-year history of the 92-store chain.

The retailer will also open the Chicago area’s first Scott Shuptrine Interiors, a luxury home furnishings gallery, at the same location.

“(The storefronts) epitomizes Art Van Furniture’s long-term commitment to Chicagoland, and our desire to be the top choice among guests when creating the home of their dreams,” says Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture.

The 112,000-square-foot, two-story Downers Grove Art Van Furniture store, at 1021 Butterfield Rd., will feature 12,000 square feet of window displays. The storefront also will offer the company’s lifestyle collection, AV Modern, Art Van Urban, and thread and feather galleries. National brand Stanley Furniture will also offer a selection of furnishings.

A 10,000-square-foot Scott Shuptrine Interiors will also open in Downers Grove, and will have will have coved ceilings, wood beams, and concrete and wood floors.

Van Elslander says the retailer has invested $50 million in the Midwest market, opening more stores in Illinois, including in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, Batavia, Bedford Park, Naperville, Orland Park, Woodridge, and Merrillville, Ind., since 2013. The retailer plans to open three more stores by March 2016 in the suburbs of Chicago. Art Van Furniture now operates 92 stores.

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