Ethan Allen plans 6 more Design Centers

In response to the success of its Design Centers, Ethan Allen said it plans to add at least six more of the store formats in the United States by early next year.

The Design Centers allow customers to work with professional interior designs to plan rooms and choose products.

The company added its newest Design Center at its store in Walnut Creek, California, in the spring. It was the second location Ethan Allen added in the United States in 2022, following the opening of its Design Center store in Westport, Connecticut.

It also added two locations in South Korea, officials said during an Aug. 3 conference call with financial analysts.

During the call, the Danbury, Connecticut-based company said it will open six more Design Centers soon. These include a replacement Design Center in Manhattan; another in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois; one in The Villages in central Florida; one in Syracuse, New York; one in San Jose, California; and one in Plaistow, New Hampshire.

The Villages is a new town for the retailer, while the others are relocations in existing markets, Matt McNulty, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, told Home News Now. He also noted that the Syracuse location will be a grand reopening as the store was closed sometime back.

“Each of these Design Centers will be new to their physical building location — it is not a refresh of an existing space, but rather a brand new property,” McNulty said.

Ethan Allen’s newest Design Center is in Walnut Creek, California. It opened in the spring.

The company said most are scheduled to open by the end of 2022, with others opening in early 2023, based on availability of construction materials.

The Design Centers allow customers to work with professional interior designers at designated workstations. There, they can view before-and-after photos and 3D floor plans of individual rooms or entire homes.

Clients can view the entire Ethan Allen product line — including furniture and accents — to determine which products best complement their project. At the Design Centers, they also can view samples of fabrics, leathers and finishes, along with other custom options, as part of their selection process.

“Our new Design Center projects the variety of our styles of classic design with a modern perspective … rooted in our commitment to combining personal interior design service with 3D technology,” Farooq Kathwari, Ethan Allen chair and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Our design service is complimentary, and it’s offered in the Design Center, at clients’ homes or via virtual appointment, from planning to ordering and delivery support.”

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