Fort Smith Becomes Hank's & More with New LocationRelease Date: 01-Mar-2012
Largest Furniture Store in Ft. Smith to open Memorial Day Weekend: Hank's Fine Furniture to renovate K-Mart complex.
The K-Mart building complex on the corner of 74th and Rogers Ave. is being developed into a new Hank's & More Fine Furniture showroom.
Hank Browne, owner of the 37 year old company said, “This is just what we were looking for, a premier location to expand the newest concept in our chain”. The Hanks & More Fine Furniture store will offer a much larger selection of quality; value-priced furniture and will also showcase lines like, Paula Deen Home, Thomasville, Bernhardt, Hooker, Lexington & Henredon. We will have furniture for every budget.”
According to Steve Roberts, Hanks Construction Manager for 20 plus years, the total property is 9 acres. The building is 106,000 sq.ft. Hank's showroom & warehouse will occupy 66,000 sq. ft. with the balance being leased space. Roberts said they have several tenant prospects, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
The extensive renovation began March 1st and will be ready to open on Memorial Day weekend. Roberts has a history for getting a project done in record time. Roberts says,” When Hank gives me an opening date, I make it happen, it’s been working well for 20 years.”
The store when opened will employ approximately 15 people; however when the the renovation is completed, Hanks will have employed over 60 craftsmen of all trades, including carpenters, drywall, HVAC, painters and electricians. “All I am hearing from the folks in Ft. Smith is that they are so glad this area is being brought back to life,” says Roberts.
“We have had a presence in Ft. Smith since 1988, I am very pleased that now we can offer our old and new customers a larger selection and a beautiful new store to shop for home furnishings, accessories and an extensive selection of mattresses, says Browne. The Hank's Fine Furniture store that was built on Zero St. in 1988 has been sold to Harry Robinson Jr.
Hank's Furniture Inc. is the parent company of Hank's Fine Furniture in Arkansas, Missouri, & Texas. And also Home Place Furniture that operates in N.W. Florida and Alabama. An Arkansas, family owned business, Hank's is one of the Top 100 Independent Furniture Retailers in North America. Hank's has 250 employees in 15 stores.