60 Years and Counting

60th Anniversary History

Time flies when you're having fun becoming the Midwest's #1 furniture retailer. For 60 years, we've provided millions of customers with opportunity to furnish their homes pieces that speak to their lifestyle. And without the support of these same customers, we would not be where we are today. To quote Mr. Art Van Elslander himself: "Brick and mortar [stores] are just that, but the heartbeat of business is people."


Opened 3 Stores

  • Hired first employee, Al Hassan
  • Acquired first warehouse
  • Hosted the legendary tent sale
1960s Archive Photo


Opened 8 Stores

  • Moved Tech Plaza, corporate headquarters, and warehouse to the current location
  • Expanded Warehouse - 15 additional truck doors
  • Developed Sales Incentive Program


Opened 9 Stores

  • Introduced the AVF credit card
  • Opened the first Clearance Center
  • Pioneered Mattress Express
1990s Archive Photo


Opened 14 Stores

  • Saved the Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Opened first kids castle play area
  • Perfected 0% Financing
2000s Archive Photo


Opened 3 Stores

  • Automated warehouse became operational
  • Art Van Elslander inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame
  • Launched the Art Van Charity Challenge
  • Introduced Art Van PureSleep
20102 Archive Photo


Opened 162 Stores

  • Introduced Scott Shuptrine Interiors
  • Initiated Franchise division
  • Became America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presenting Sponsor
  • Rebranded artvan.com
  • Entered the Chicago and Toledo markets
  • Art Van Elslander sold company to T.H. Lee Partners
  • Purchased Levin and Wolf furniture stores
  • Opened new Michigan Flagship in Canton, Michigan

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