By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Big Sandy Superstore of Ohio took home Friday’s national buyer appreciation award at the Tupelo Furniture Market.
The award is given out at each market to a retailer that consistently supports the state’s furniture industry and the Tupelo Furniture Market, according to Greg Giachelli with the Tupelo Furniture Marketing Association.
Giachelli said nominees are solicited from exhibitors at the market and then a committee works with exhibitors to select a winner.
This time, Big Sandy Superstore stood out. The company started in 1953 in Ashland, Ky. It now has more than 20 stores and 600 employees in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The headquarters are in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
“As we would say in the South, they’ve done good,” said state Rep. Steve Holland during the award presentation.
The store sells appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. It also emphasizes solid wood products. Plus, the company offers special orders and custom furniture, and it has an in-house team of service technicians.
CEO Robbie Van Hoose Jr. accepted the award at the spring market Friday night. He said his company has been shopping the Tupelo market for 10 years. He also shops the markets in Vegas and High Point, but he keeps coming back to Tupelo for the hospitality and the prices.
“You’ve got time to dig a little deeper and find some deals you might not get elsewhere,” he said. “We like to promote deals and this is a good place to find deals.”
He also said the city appeals to him.
“It’s one of the only places I go to market where when I pull into the hotel and I look over, the bank sign has Bible verses on it,” he said. “It feels like home to me.”
The spring market officially started Thursday and wraps up Sunday. Tonight, officials will announce the manufacturer’s sales representative of the market.