Companies pleased with market
Business picked up pace this week
Thursday, April 30, 2009
By AMANDA BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer
Most area furniture manufacturers were pleased with this week’s High Point furniture market despite the difficult economy, although they acknowledged that attendance was not as high as in years past.
“We were fully geared up for a great market. We prepared that way, and it happened,” said Bruce Cohenour, senior vice president of national accounts and business development for Hooker Furniture.
With the economy in a recession and the furniture industry weathering a downturn, some companies opted to reduce their offerings, Cohenour said, but Hooker was not among them.
“We took the opposite approach, and it’s paid big dividends,” he said.
Hooker’s three new collections — Envision, which targets young customers, and Kinston and Legends, which incorporate Asian and primitive influences — were well received by customers, said Cohenour and Kim Shaver, Hooker’s vice president of marketing communications.
Although larger dealers were at market, some smaller retailers stayed away this year, Cohenour said. All customers are important, but Cohenour said the key, large accounts were present and accounted for.
“We didn’t miss a single customer that we wanted to see,” he said.
Overall, “we couldn’t be more thrilled with the market,” Cohenour said Monday. “ ... We want to get back and see how the rest of the year plays out.”
Hooker to open first West Coast warehouse
-- Furniture Today, 1/28/2008 7:49:00 PM
Carson, Calif., facility will cut shipping times, costs
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Hooker Furniture plans to open its first West Coast warehouse and distribution center in Carson, Calif.
The 80,000-square-foot leased facility, which will open in February, will stock 550 of the company’s best selling items. It will serve retailers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Hooker will still operate its main distribution center in Martinsville, Va. It expects the new center to reduce shipping times to the West Coast by 10 days and reduce inland freight costs by 6% to 10% for products that go through Carson.
Chairman and CEO Paul Toms said the facility will help retailers realize improved profitability through lower freight and inventory costs and increased sales through the availability of Hooker’s product line.
A. Frank Hooker, Jr.
Died Monday, May 14, 2007
May 15, 2007
A. Frank Hooker Jr., 77, of 24 Villa Lane, Penhook, retired president and chief operating officer of Hooker Furniture Corp., died Monday, May 14, 2007, at his home.
A Martinsville native, he was born July 26, 1929, the son of A. Frank Hooker Sr. and Madge Field Hooker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John E. Hooker.
Hooker was a 1948 graduate of Woodberry Forest School and a 1952 graduate of Duke University. He was a first lieutenant during his time with the Marines.
Hooker joined Hooker Furniture in May 1956 after serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the company for 43 years and served as president and COO from 1987 until his retirement in 1999. He also was a member of the board of directors from 1958 to 2005.
Surviving are his wife, Marilyn B. Hooker of the home; two daughters, Carolyn Marie Goodspeed of Roanoke and Michele Hooker Smith of Martinsville; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy Hooker Edwards of Durham, N.C.
A Christian Science service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Christ Community Church at Penhook with Randy Conklin and the Rev. Edward McClain officiating. A private interment service will be held at Franklin Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the home at Penhook from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. today and Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor�s choice.
Arrangements are by Lynch Funeral Home in Rocky Mount.
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