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United Furniture Warehouse

United Furniture Warehouse
Company nameUnited Furniture Warehouse
Founder(s)John Volken
HeadquartersEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
ProductsHome furnishing
ParentThe Brick

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United Furniture Warehouse (UFW) is a retail furniture chain operating approximately forty (40) locations in Western Canada and Ontario. The Company bills itself as "offering warehouse-style shopping at the lowest possible prices." The Company was founded in 1981 by John Volken, an immigrant who arrived in Canada from East Germany in 1960 at the age of 18. It "was one of the first businesses to sell at warehouse prices and to operate without commission sales staff or in-store decor."

In 2001, the company had sales of $210 million Canadian (approx. USD$135m). By 2003, the company had expanded to over 150 stores including 39 stores in the northwestern United States. With stores in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Utah, it was "one of the most widespread retail furniture chains in North America" and "one of Canada's most successful stateside retailers". However, in early 2003 they were forced to close all but 5 of their stores in the United States. By early 2004, the company had completely exited the U.S. market.

As of March 2004, the company had reduced its size to 81 stores and was acquired by another national furniture retailer, The Brick. In 2006, The Brick rebranded 24 of these under their own name in an attempt to save on advertising costs and increase sales, which had fallen 10.8% in the third quarter of 2005 for established UFW stores.

As of February 2010, there are 36 United Furniture Warehouse stores across Canada - 15 in Ontario, 10 in Alberta, 5 in British Columbia, 3 in each of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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