Lansing Furniture started in 1994, in the basement of our home with 3 to 4 sofas and a few chairs, tables, and bedroom sets. For warehouse space we used our garage and delivered furniture in a trailer and minivan.
After 6 months we decided to build a new store to have the ability to add Carol to our staff, carry a larger selection, obtain better pricing, and have my garage back ! But soon everything was again bursting at the seams with furniture and you guessed it, my garage was again full of furniture. So we added another section onto the store, doubling the size of the showroom and three times the warehouse space, this would be enough space for sure. OOPS!!! Two years later, I again found furniture filling the warehouse and of course when all was full my garage absorbed the overflow.
So, here we go again another addition to the showroom and twice as much warehouse space. Now with 4 employees, 11,000 square feet of showroom and 3000 square feet of warehouse, a delivery truck, and a garage for me, what more could we ever need. Well how about a loading dock, 3 more employees, 3000 square feet of showroom, 10,000 square feet of warehouse, and did I forget to mention another delivery truck, I did get to keep my garage. As time progressed, 4 years later, our manufacturers were requiring us to buy more furniture to get the best price and have all the selection of fabrics available. As well as we seem to be running out of room both in the warehouse and showroom, every so often I would find my garage full of furniture after several semi loads would come in on the same day.
So we added our current showroom, which is the size of a football field!! Along with our Clearance Center's 11,000 square feet of showroom and about 12,000 square feet of warehouse, 4 delivery trucks, and 20 employees. It has been great fun over the years, what is to come who knows, someday I may come home to a garage full of furniture again, then it may be time to add on again!