The furniture brand’s store in Naples will be the first outside the Midwest –

After record real estate sales in Southwest Florida, a Midwest-based furniture retailer plans to open its first store there to help furnish some of these new homes.

Walter E. Smithe Furniture and Designwhich operates 10 showrooms in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana, plans to begin construction this month to renovate a commercial building on US 41 in Naples that previously housed national hardware and furniture retailers. the belonging to the family Smithe plans to open its 11th store early next year in Napoliif not sooner.

“It will probably be early 2023. We would like it to be earlier, if possible. That’s the goal,” said Colleen Smithe, director of advertising for Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design. “We look forward to reclaiming this space.”

the 34,000 square feet showcase at 3790 Tamiami Trail the most recent was Orchard Supply Hardware. Before Orchard Supply briefly operated there, the store housed Today’s Home Furnishings and Thomasville. Home furnishings.

The former Orchard Supply store has been vacant for over three years. It opened in early 2016 and closed two years later. Lowe’s, owner of Orchard Supply, announced in late 2018 that it was closing all 99 Based in California Boutique hardware stores, including two Collier County stores.

at Smithe The Naples showroom will carry the company’s full line of furniture and décor and offer customers a full design service, something Smithe is well known for in Chicagoland. Starting this month, Florida customers can work with a local Smithe designer on their furniture and design Needs virtually of the House. VScustomers are put in contact with designers who assist them in their choice furniture, accessories, fabrics and finishes that match their personal aesthetic and budget.

“Our customers ask us to opened in Naples for years. We waited for the right space to become available and found that in 3790 Tamiami, “ says Walter E. Smithe III, President and CEO of Furniture Concept. “Our family is delighted to offer our standard of quality and service to a new market.

Smithe has run the family business since 1980, working alongside his Brother Marc and four of his children, Caitie, Colleen, Maureen and Meghan. the Chicago business debuted in 1945 as appliances and furniture Tone on northwest of town, pioneer of the custom order concept upholstery in the area.

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