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On June 18, 1998, they opened the doors to their first location, totaling just 2,100 square feet (including the warehouse and sales floor) inside the Almeda Mall, with only Owner & CEO, Sam Zavary and one other employee. After 16 months of hard work and dedication, a second location was opened in southwest Houston.
The second location, originally at Gessner and Southwest Freeway, was somewhat larger at 7,000 square feet as customer demand, as well as satisfaction, grew. In just over a year of determination and increased sales, the southwest location expanded by more than double to 18,000 square feet in December of 2000.
In February 2001, Exclusive Furniture began expanding its marketing strategy to television. Soon, “Super Sam” took over the television airwaves with his trademark slogan “Where Low Prices Live! ”The increased exposure allowed them to expand to a third location: this time in Northwest Houston.
In August 2001, the largest location at the time opened at 290 and Jones Road totaling 28,000 square feet. The Jersey Village location offered more space for customers to browse and a bigger selection. However, shortly thereafter, following the tragic events of September 11th and the economic downturn that followed the original location inside the Almeda Mall shut down in March 2002. Over time as the economy recovered, Exclusive Furniture once again opened their original Almeda Mall location, this time in a 19,000 square foot building.
The years following showed rapid growth with the Southwest store moving to its current location at 6900 Southwest Freeway (at Hillcroft). Since then, a satellite store at West Oaks, three flagship stores in Humble, Richmond, and Cypress, as well as a clearance center have opened. 2019 saw the expansion and remodel of the Southwest location (bringing that location from 23,500 square feet to 42,500 square feet) as well as the opening of a brand new store in Webster. The remodel added an updated kid’s play area and café which are signature features of each flagship store.
More than just a commercial success, Exclusive Furniture prides itself on being community-focused. For example, when Hurricane Katrina hit the neighboring state of Louisiana, the owners and employees of Exclusive Furniture helped the city of Houston welcome those affected by the hurricane. Subsequent years saw more community efforts such as donating 1,000 mattresses and over $60,000 worth of water and cleaning supplies. They also held a clothing drive and donated $15,000 to Lakewood Church as part of their Hurricane Harvey efforts.
As part of their continued community focus Exclusive Furniture often works alongside charitable organizations donating furniture, money, and time to help those in need. Examples of these partnerships include:
Though the past 20 years have brought much success to Exclusive Furniture, they have never lost the heart to give back to the community. Being family owned and operated keeps them grounded with a sense of kinship for the locals who have supported their business since the beginning.