The former Ward Products building, the site of the largest car antenna manufacturing plant in the world at one time, is now scrubbed clean, carpeted and will be used as a retail space for Northeast Home Products Inc. by the middle of February.
Northeast Home Products Inc. is a joint venture among five people, including Steve Quirion, owner of Glens Falls-based Bare Bones Furniture Inc., and his employee Jeff Stewart, who will now manage the new store.
Stewart, who was organizing the warehouse Wednesday with the help of another partner, Todd Rush of Ballston Spa, said Northeast Home Products buys all of its merchandise direct from the manufacturer so he is able to sell quality, name brand products at low costs.
“We cut the prices pretty much as low as we can. You aren’t going to see clean prices here like $69.99,” he said.
The company will sell everything from bedroom to living room furniture, office furniture, flooring, carpets and lamps. He said the company buys a lot of products in various colors and encourages its customers to buy right from the warehouse.
“Our location, just like the Bare Bones location, is off the beaten path, we aren’t on a main drag with flashy glass window displays,” Stewart said.
Stewart said the warehouse hasn’t changed much since it was part of Ward Products. He said it received a good cleaning to remove about four inches of oil and dust. Carpet has been installed, offices built and a check-out counter added for the retail portion.
Stewart has hired 10 full-time employees, but said once the store is operational he plans to hire more.
The nearest furniture store like Northeast Home would be Huck Finn’s Warehouse in Albany, Stewart said. He said he feels he is filling a need in this area.
With the stalled economy and the recent decline in home sales, many local furniture stores are going out of business, but Stewart said no frills, warehouse-style furniture stores are still successful.
“We do well, we are made for this type of economy,” he said.
Stewart, who lives in Galway, said he believes Amsterdam’s business economy is turning around and he’s glad he got into the market early.
“Looking at the financial make-up of this area, this place is going to turn around quick and shock people,” he said. “I think businesses are going to be coming back quickly.”
The company received necessary approvals from the city’s Planning Commission to use the building in the Edson Industrial Park in November.
Stewart said the store has to be open by Feb. 16 because that’s when the radio and print advertisements start running.
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