Home Furnishings Assoc. Names Retailers of the Year

nahfa-logoROSEVILLE, Calif.–The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) has announced the winners for its 2014 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers.

Tom Olinde, Olinde’s Furniture, Baton Rouge, La. is the NAHFA 2014 Retailer of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume of $10 million or above. Olinde’s has been a southern Louisiana mainstay since 1886. Today there are 12 furniture and bedding stores, including two large full-line Olinde’s stores, two bedding superstores and eight Ashley Furniture HomeStores.

Dave Harkness, Harkness Furniture, Tacoma, Wash., is the NAHFA 2014 Retailer of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume under $10 million. Harkness Furniture was founded in 1920. Its 60,000 square feet of showrooms feature top-name home furnishings displayed on four floors, as well as a sleep center and Furnish 123 gallery next door.

The 2014 North American Home Furnishings Retailer of the Year awards will be presented on June 1 at the annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

“Congratulations to Tom and Dave,” said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO. “All of the nominees are exceptional retailers with compelling stories; the judges really had their work cut out for them.”

NAHFA members in good standing were nominated by members of the home furnishings industry based on their exemplary service to the industry and to their communities and for providing an exceptional customer experience in their store. A selection committee, comprised of two members of NAHFA’s board of directors; two NAHFA members; two manufacturers; two service providers/suppliers; and two members of the industry media, reviewed the nominations.