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Moe’s opens first U.S. flagship store in Seattle

SEATTLE – Full- line furniture resource Moe’s Home Collection is opening its latest store here on Sept.4, a 5,500-square-foot store that will be considered its flagship location in the U.S.

The company also has a company-operated flagship that in Vancouver that is much larger at around 40,000 square feet. However, this will be its first company operated flagship location in the U.S.

The company also has franchise retail locations in nearby Bellevue, Wash., in Sioux Falls, S.D. and in Anchorage, Alaska.

Located at 1023 1st Ave. in downtown Seattle, the new store is in a building that is the same site of the prominent Z.C. Miles & Piper Co., a former home furnishings store that opened in 1870 and was in business there for a number of years. Today the site of that building lists on the National Register of Historic Places and Seattle City Landmarks.

“Moe’s Home is humbly excited and proud to be bringing history back full circle with its wide range of furnishings and décor,” the company said.

“We’ve had a presence in Seattle for more than 15 years with four stores in various areas, including our licensee store in Bellevue, Wash., as well as our central distribution hub, which allows us to offer the fastest delivery across state lines,” said Sara Samieian, president of Moe’s Retail Division. “We are especially excited about this new location. We love the neighborhood, the atmosphere and the building itself.”

The new store will house a mix of Moe’s products across all categories and design styles, including Scandinavian, modern, Mid-Century Modern, contemporary, industrial, rustic, Art Deco and retro.

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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