Furniture First Announces Woodchuck and Highland as New Members in Advance of Symposium

Furniture First Announces Woodchuck and Highland as New Members in Advance of Symposium

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Furniture First Announces Woodchuck and Highland as New Members in Advance of Symposium

Just prior to last month’s High Point Market, the Furniture First board of directors approved two new members: Highland Furniture & Mattress and Woodchuck Fine Furniture & Décor. Both attended the buying group’s thirtieth anniversary celebration in their High Point showroom at Market. This week another additional new member was approved, Randolph Home Furnishings. 

Highland Furniture & Mattress, located in Kinston, North Carolina, was referred by another long-term member in the state. The family-owned store has served Eastern North Carolina since 1951 with an array of medium-high merchandise and is currently operated by Shawn Batts.

Woodchuck’s Fine Furniture & Décor, located in Jacksonville, Florida was founded 40 years ago and serves a wide swath of North Florida. Doug Correia, owner of Woodchuck’s, takes a customer-centric approach to furniture retail by focusing on customer needs with a non-commissioned staff.

“Some of our newest members are direct results of referrals of current members,” said Andrew Kauffman, CEO of Furniture First. “I think that really says a lot about the nature of our group and what sets us apart. Our members care about the success of their fellow retailers. They know they can learn from one another and by joining, they become stronger retailers, meaning they are more resilient and more profitable.” 

Both of the new members will be attending Furniture First’s annual symposium next week in Arlington, Texas, as well as a new member orientation in advance of the educational event. The orientation is an opportunity for the new members to get to know Furniture First’s staff and the programs they offer. In total, nine new members and one member with new leadership will be attending the orientation. 

“Connections with other retailers are a big part of membership at Furniture First,” said Mike Kordik, director of Member Engagement at Furniture First. “Rebates are just where our benefits start. We hear all the time that the networking and idea sharing are just as valuable, if not more so in some cases.”

This year’s symposium will be the group’s largest ever with approximately 370 in attendance from 86 sponsoring partners and 113 retailer members of the cooperative. 




About Furniture first

Furniture First is a cooperative national home furnishings and mattress buying group serving full line independent retailers with sales over $2 million. Collectively, the group sells $3 billion at retail with their approved merchandise programs in the 522 member storefronts. Furniture First’s High Point showroom is located at 336 South Main Street, in the heart of the High Point Market district. For more information on Furniture First Membership, please visit or call 800-411-3477. 


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