December 11, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Household furniture brand’s store in Naples will be initial outside of Midwest –

Subsequent file sales of real estate in Southwest Florida, a Midwest-based home furniture retailer is preparing its 1st retail outlet below to assist furnish some of those new households. 

Walter E. Smithe Home furniture & Layout, which operates 10 showrooms across the Chicago spot and northwest Indiana, is planning to start out design this month to renovate a professional making on U.S. 41 in Naples that formerly was household to nationwide hardware and home furniture stores. The spouse and children-owned Smithe options to open its 11th store early following year in Naples, if not previously. 

“It will likely be early 2023. We would like it to be sooner, if feasible. Which is the aim,” said Colleen Smithe, director of marketing for Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Style. “We’re seeking forward to getting more than that place.” 

The 34,000-sq.-foot storefront at 3790 Tamiami Path most a short while ago was Orchard Source Hardware. Before Orchard Provide briefly operated there, the retail store was household to Today’s House Furnishings and Thomasville Property Furnishings. 

The previous Orchard Source retailer has been vacant for extra than 3 decades. It opened in early 2016 and closed just two a long time afterwards. Lowe’s, which owned Orchard Provide, declared in late 2018 that it was closing all 99 of the California-based boutique hardware merchants, like the two shops in Collier County.

Smithe’s Naples showroom will carry the company’s complete line of furniture and décor and will present shoppers full-service structure, something that Smithe is properly-recognized for in Chicagoland. Commencing this thirty day period, Florida clientele can work with a area Smithe designer on their home furnishings and design needs practically from property. Clients are matched with designers who assist them in selecting home furnishings, extras, materials and finishes that align with their personal aesthetic and finances. 

“Our clients have been asking us to open in Naples for decades. We have been waiting for the appropriate room to turn into readily available and identified that in 3790 Tamiami,” said Walter E. Smithe III, president and CEO of the household furniture thought. “Our household is psyched to provide our degree of good quality and services to a new marketplace.” 

Smithe has been at the helm of his family’s small business because 1980, functioning along with his brother, Mark, and 4 of his kids, Caitie, Colleen, Maureen and Meghan. The Chicago business debuted in 1945 as Tone Appliances and Household furniture on the city’s northwest side, pioneering the strategy of custom made-order upholstery in the spot.