Area company which owns local Ashley Furniture HomeStores jumps four spots higher in rank among nation’s ‘Top 100’ furniture retailers

Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. records one of the largest increases in top-line sales growth among the nation’s top 100 home furnishings retailers for 2014

Westons Mills, NY (June 2, 2015) – Wellsville Carpet Town Inc., a regional home furnishings retailer operating Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout western New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio jumped four spots in one year in a ranking of top 100 furniture retailers in the nation, according to a recent trade publication report.

The move from #90 to #86 on the list was one of the more dramatic gains noted among all the furniture retailers and in particular, among Ashley Furniture HomeStore licensees listed, according to Furniture Today’s annual ranking based on sales the previous year. Company officials note that while their impressive numbers for 2014 reflect continued growth in the Ohio market with the addition of an Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Brooklyn, OH, the numbers also reflect a company-wide effort to focus on a superior shopping experience in their showrooms along with unmatched customer service.

“With nearly 50 years in business, we are focused on serving not just a loyal base of customers but generations of customers,” said Thomas Kane, CEO of the privately-owned company headquartered in Westons Mills, NY. “Our mission of providing an ‘old school, genuine, crazy good’ shopping experience to each one of our guests has given us a distinct advantage in the marketplace,” noted Kane.

Kane continued, “We have moved up in the top 100 every year since we first made the list [in 2011], and a big part of that is the Ashley brand.”

The Furniture Today report noted that while specialty stores perform strongly, larger stores have advantages such as global logistics, new marketing systems and budgets to support mobile and online technology. In the report, industry expert Jerry Epperson notes, “Simply put, you cannot out-Ashley Ashley.”

WCTI currently employs more than 350 across the tri-state area operating 14 retail stores including 11 Ashley Furniture HomeStores, an Ashley Furniture Outlet and a Carpet Town Carpet One store. A third Cleveland area HomeStore was added in April 2014.

Plans for 2015 reflect further expansion, with the addition of two new Ashley Furniture HomeStores to the WCTI portfolio. The first, planned for Camillus (Syracuse), NY, is slated for an October 2015 opening. The second showroom, planned for Canton, OH, will open in November.

Given that Ashley Furniture is the number-one selling brand of home furniture, it is no surprise that the number-one spot in the national ranking of furniture retailers was taken by the entire network of more than 550 licensed and independently-owned Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout the United States and other world markets.

This is the ninth straight year the network of Ashley Furniture HomeStores has earned designation as number-one furniture retailer in the nation, according to Furniture Today’s report.  The 11 HomeStores operated by WCTI are part of that network, and WCTI is among the top 100 retailers specifically noted as contributing to Ashley Furniture HomeStores’ number-one ranking in the Furniture Today annual list. A total of 16 companies on Furniture Today’s list own and operate HomeStores.

WCTI has moved up a total of 12 spots since its 2011 debut on the “Top 100” list.

All Ashley Furniture HomeStores are independently owned by a network of individual retailers who are licensed to operate in key market areas. WCTI opened the first Ashley Furniture HomeStore in New York State in 2001 in Horseheads.

Reference: Furniture Today (May 18, 2015)