Chair King Backyard Store Opens Houston Store in Hedwig Village

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Chair King Backyard Store marked a milestone with the opening of a new showroom Thursday in Hedwig Village to serve the Memorial and Spring Branch areas. The store, which occupies a former Pier 1 location, represents the 50th location for Chair King and its subsidiary Fortunoff Backyard Store, which operates in five northeastern states.

The 10,745 square foot store at 9421 Katy Freeway sells outdoor seating and dining sets made from materials such as resin wicker, polymer, teak and cast aluminum, as well as umbrellas , pillows, heaters and other accessories. With the opening, nine of the 21 locations in Texas are in the Houston area.

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The Houston-based outdoor specialty retailer said it is well positioned to expand to meet increased demand for outdoor living spaces as people spend more time at home during the pandemic.

Chair King Backyard Store, based in Houston, has 21 locations in Texas, including nine in the Houston area.

Chair King Backyard Store, based in Houston, has 21 locations in Texas, including nine in the Houston area.

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“In 2020, people definitely spent more time at home compared to the previous year,” said Curt Littlejohn, president of Chair King Backyard Store. “Things have changed in a way that’s going to stick with us for a while. It lends itself to what we’re doing, which is helping people enjoy their backyards and furnishing them like they furnish their backyards. houses.”

Growth has come with challenges as the company grapples with supply chain issues ranging from backlogs in container shipping, rising shipping costs, COVID surges that have had a impact on furniture production in regions such as China and Vietnam and longer lead times for fabrics used in furniture manufacturing.

“It’s extremely difficult to keep merchandise in stock,” said Joe Weisman, executive vice president of merchandising. “We are constantly on the phone with suppliers trying to find new ways to get goods here.”

Weisman, who is the grandson of company founder Marvin Barish, says the company has maintained its “customer first” orientation and is working to communicate with customers about any delays in the process. ‘advance. The company has worked to keep products in stock by finding closer suppliers in Latin America and the United States.

Chair King Backyard Store was founded in Houston in 1950.

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