Experience topping 120 years will greet customers when the partners of Cullman Furniture Market swing open the doors to their new venture in the coming weeks.
With remodeling work nearly complete on the former Tractor Supply Co. building on U.S. 31 South in Cullman, John Launius and Reggie Watts will bring Cullman what they say is the market’s only official La-Z-Boy dealership.
“We will devote about 6,500 square feet to La-Z-Boy alone,” said Launius, whose family has been in the furniture business 84 years. “Overall, we will have 16,000 square feet of different lines, about everything you need to furnish a home and a full line of accessories.”
Launius operates a furniture store — Launius Furniture Co. — in Warrior, which will remain open, while Watts’ family has been in the business 36 years in Jasper at High Point Furniture.
Watts and Launius have known each other for years through the furniture business and agreed to the undertaking of opening a store together in Cullman’s booming market.
“This is something I had been thinking about for several years, and then I talked to Reggie and it started coming together. With his experience and ours, and his sister coming in to serve as general manager, we were able to do it,” Launius said.
Work has been underway for several weeks to refashion the building to showcase extensive lines of bedroom and living room suites, chairs, tables, lamps, home office and entertainment furnishings, wall art and other accessories for homes. Launius also said beds and mattresses will be stocked, providing customers more convenience when they select sets.
“We have a very relationship-driven approach for our customers.” Watts said. “Being an independent store, the service will be personal, and you’ll be able to work with the same person who helped you with your purchases the next time you are in, of if you have questions about any of the line we carry.”
Launius said Cullman Furniture Market will carry expanded lines of furniture and accessories in comparison to his Warrior store.
“With this facility and location we saw we could add some additional lines for customers,” Launius said. “We will continue to operate in Warrior as well. Cullman has a good market, and we’ve been working with many customers from here for years.”
Alisa Thompson will serve as general manager of the new store. She worked many years for Eckenrod Ford as service manager.