The Dump furniture outlet brings jobs, possible economic boost to Lombard, Addison
LOMBARD – They've been preparing for it for weeks, everybody saw it coming and finally Lombard is getting dumped on.
But early indications suggest this could be a good thing for the area as a new furniture outlet store called The Dump prepares to open its doors in Lombard next week.
The store has the noticeable name of The Dump because its unique business model is designed to make shoppers dump their old ways of furniture shopping, said a store spokesman. The Dump is only open on weekends, it carries discounted furniture items and the sales floor is restocked weekly.
Haynes Furniture, the parent company of The Dump, is a Virginia-based furniture chain that will occupy a 134,000-square foot location on Highland Avenue, which previously housed the Great Indoors. It will also operate a 215,000-square foot warehouse in Addison. In all, the new store will create about 250 local jobs, according to the company.
"We began talking to them in earnest back in the fall," said Bill Heniff, director of the village's Community Development Department. "It's a really great opportunity. It's a recently constructed building, so it's completely up to code. It is really one of the main properties in the Butterfield corridor."
Marilyn Ramos is a 30-year Lombard resident, and she is one of the newest employees at The Dump. Although the store doesn't open until next Friday, she's already been working there the past month to help set up furniture displays. Ramos is a sales associate who will be helping customers select items for purchase.
"I've been in there helping set up the store," she said. "The atmosphere is fabulous."
She said her passion is design, and when The Dump opens, she's looking forward to helping customers select furniture and other items for their homes.
"I'm looking forward to helping," she said. "To mixing and matching, to helping people decide what they want."
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