Havertys Style Studio is a two-story, 23,000-square-foot showroom, a smaller-sized store compared to Havertys’ other stores. It’s the company’s first store inside the Perimeter since its Northlake store closed in 2008.
Photo: JOHN GLENN / SPECIAL
Photo: JOHN GLENN / SPECIAL

Furniture retailer Havertys back inside Perimeter

Furniture retailer Havertys opened its first store inside the Perimeter this week after a six-year absence.

The retailer, founded in Atlanta by J.J. Haverty in 1885, located the store in Buckhead, which is seeing a resurgence of apartment construction and mixed-use developments.

“With Buckhead exploding, we had to be there,” Havertys Chairman and CEO Clarence Smith said before Friday’s opening of the store at Peachtree and Piedmont roads.

The retailer moved its stores to the suburbs in the 1990s to be closer to a boom in single-family housing. The company’s last store inside the Perimeter was at Northlake Mall in 2008.

With the recovery of the housing industry, Havertys reported a 3 percent increase in sales in the third quarter, compared with the same period a year ago.

The Havertys Style Studio, a new concept for the company, is the retailer’s first store in Buckhead in 24 years. It is smaller than the retailers’ more than 100 other locations across the country, with a two-story, 23,000-square-foot showroom. The furniture is designed more for urban rather than suburban single-family lifestyles.

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