Gardner-White Acquires and Will Open a Store in Former Art Van Location

Gardner-White's new location
Gardner-White has purchased a former Art Van Furniture store and will hire about 50 people to run it. Photo courtesy of Gardner-White

Auburn Hills-based Gardner-White has purchased a 48,000-square-foot store that was previously an Art Van Furniture outlet and will be hiring new staff to run the location.

The company, which has become the largest furniture retailer in the area since Art Van Furniture’s bankruptcy in March, says it is working to position itself for sales growth this year. The store is located at 1032 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills (at W. Avon Road).

“This is an exciting moment to be a member of the Gardner-White team,” says Rachel Stewart, president of Gardner-White. “This new store will require lots of talented team members. We have rewarding high-paying jobs available now in our sales, customer service, drivers and warehouse, and corporate divisions.”

Gardner-White features brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Simmons, Serta, Aireloom, Stearns and Foster, Sealy, Rowe, Century, Southern Motion, Flexsteel, and more.

“We are revisiting every detail of the Gardner-White customer experience and are making enhancements throughout the store to ensure we lead the industry in every way,” Stewart says. “We look forward to being part of the growing Rochester Hills community in a big way.”

Gardner-White announced in July it would be the lead sponsor of America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit, a position that Art Van held for many years. The 2020 parade is in its 94th year.

Family owned and operated for 108 years, Irwin Kahn became the second-generation owner of Gardner-White in the mid-1950s. His daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Steve Tronstein, are the third-generation owners. Stewart is their daughter.

A list of Gardner-White job openings is available here. About 50 employees are expected to be hired at the new location.

For an in-depth look at how Art Van went from a furniture retail giant to bankruptcy, check out DBusiness’ July/August cover story.

Written by Grace Turner for dBusiness magazine.