After more than two decades of filling people’s homes with sofas, tables and beds, Farmers Home Furniture did the same for itself in a new location on Browns Bridge Road.
Earlier this month, two rental moving trucks and nine company trucks from area stores carried merchandise from the old location at 1500 Browns Bridge Road to the new site at 2275 Browns Bridge Road, across from Skelton Road.
“We literally rolled up the rugs, taped the lamps’ cords on with them and took the whole set,” store manager Angel Mitchell said. “We would load up a sofa, loveseat, tables, lamps, rugs, and move them over here.”
Farmers was at the old location — a shopping center with longtime anchor Big Lots and also off Pearl Nix Parkway — for 24 years.
Mitchell said a rent hike forced the move, “and my company is one that likes to save money.”
“If they can save the money to give to the employees — we are an employee-owned company — they’d rather do that,” she added.
Still, Mitchell was worried about moving as “we’re a very busy store.”
Things have turned out OK, though.
Both stores are about equal in size at 26,000 total square feet.
Farmers Home Furniture new location
Where: 2275 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
Phone number: 770-534-9757
Also, the new location once housed a Heilig-Meyers Furniture store, Mitchell said, and is part of a shopping center once anchored by Walmart.
“When I came in, after we had leased it, (the building) had the old customer service (area), everything — the whole counter was there,” Mitchell said. “The warehouse is still set up for furniture, so it worked out perfectly.”
Otherwise, “business has been very, very good,” the manager said. “And I was scared (beforehand), as Memorial Day is a very busy time for us.”
With plans to move to another home, Rebeca and Salvador Chavez were at the store this week shopping for furniture.
“We’re trying to get everything new,” said Rebeca.
They were at the store with their two young sons, and they’re expecting a third child.
They came to Farmers based on the recommendation of a family member.
“My mama told me (Farmers) was going to come here (to the new location),” Rebeca said. “That’s when we came here.”