Gardner-White to open in former Art Van store

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published September 8, 2020

ROCHESTER HILLS — Gardner-White recently announced it has purchased the former Art Van store at 1032 S. Rochester Road — which closed after Art Van declared bankruptcy and abruptly liquidated and closed all of its stores in March.

The 48,000-square-foot store — located in the Winchester District shopping center, at the southwest corner of Rochester and Avon roads in Rochester Hills — will reopen as a Gardner-White in late September.

“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,” Rachel Stewart, the president of Gardner-White, said in a statement. “We look forward to being part of the growing Rochester Hills community in a big way.”

The new store will require lots of employees, according to Stewart, who said there are currently openings in the company’s sales, customer service, driver and warehouse, and corporate divisions.  The company has been family owned and operated for 108 years.

“We know there are a lot of tremendous and experienced salespeople, and aspiring salespeople, out there looking to be part of a stable, family-oriented team,” Stewart said in a statement.

When the store opens later this month, customers will be able to find furniture brands like Southern Motion, Century, Rowe and Flexsteel, as well as Aireloom, Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic bedding brands in the store.

“We are thrilled to welcome this long-standing metro Detroit company to their first location in Rochester Hills,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said in a statement. “We’re excited to grow with them and wish them success.”

Gardner-White is also set to be the lead sponsor of downtown Detroit’s America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For more information, visit www.gardnerwhite.com.