ABC Warehouse-Hawthorne Appliance in Rochester Hills general manager Barry Thompson arranges some sweets before the grand opening gets underway June 5. The store marks the 44th location for the Michigan-based company.

ABC Warehouse-Hawthorne Appliance in Rochester Hills general manager Barry Thompson arranges some sweets before the grand opening gets underway June 5. The store marks the 44th location for the Michigan-based company.

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ABC Warehouse-Hawthorne Appliance merges locations, moves to Winchester

By: Mary Beth Almond | C&G Newspapers | Published June 10, 2019

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ROCHESTER HILLS — ABC Warehouse and Hawthorne Appliance have joined forces to open the company’s first combined store in the metro Detroit area.

Located in the Winchester District shopping center, at the southwest corner of Rochester and Avon roads in Rochester Hills, the new ABC Warehouse-Hawthorne Appliance is double the size of the company’s former 26-year storefront, a Hawthorne Appliance store near Barclay Circle and Rochester Road.

“We needed a bigger space,” said Tylar Robison, the director of training for ABC Warehouse-Hawthorne Appliance. “This is the first time we have taken the Hawthorne brand and introduced the ABC Warehouse brand to go along with it. … We are definitely excited about it.”

Store manager Barry Thompson said the new, larger showroom allows the company to showcase Hawthorne’s selection of high-end appliances and electronics, along with the ABC Warehouse product line — which includes home theater and audio equipment, mattresses, and furniture.

“It’s our first big, joint ABC-Hawthorne store,” Thompson said. “This complex has a lot more traffic and is closer to the hub than we were at our other location.”

Headquartered in Pontiac, ABC Warehouse is a family-owned business founded in 1963 by company Chairman Gordon Hartunian. The ABC Warehouse family has since expanded to include Hawthorne Appliance, U.S. Appliance.com and Mickey Shorr.

Robison said the company’s Michigan roots are deep, including the headquarters in Pontiac and a local distribution center.

“We carry the same stuff that everybody else does, but because we’re Michigan-based … we can typically get most products to a customer quicker. ... In a lot of cases, we can deliver (the) next day, or it can be picked up the same day,” Robison said.

The new ABC Warehouse-Hawthorne Appliance is among the businesses bringing new life to an area of the Winchester District shopping center that was left vacant for years after Kmart closed its doors.

Now the area is booming, according to Robison, who said that despite the ongoing construction surrounding the store, foot traffic has been steady since the doors opened to the public in May.

“It’s been surprisingly good, from the standpoint that it’s still kind of a construction zone,” he said. “You couldn’t really see the store very well when that big mound of dirt was there … but it seems like every day it’s getting better. I think that once everything is completed in that shopping center … it’s going to be busy,” Robison said.

City officials said a longtime Burger King was shifted to make way for an Aldi grocery store — which has not yet been constructed — and a new Art Van Furniture store also recently opened next to ABC Warehouse-Hawthorne Appliance.

“Out of any of our locations, it has to be one of the best intersections that we have a store on,” Robison said. “Every business that is in that shopping center is going to do well.”

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