When the longstanding Kmart Corporation closed its store on Bouquet Canyon and Valencia Blvd. recently, it opened the door for Dominick Garcia of Santa Clarita. Furniture Now! welcomed its first customers last Saturday into the store’s 80,000-square-foot showroom.
“We wanted to open up not just a furniture store, but a different concept,” said Garcia, the store manager. “We wanted to give the customer the option of buying it and getting it the same day. That’s why the name is Furniture Now!”
The aim is to provide an added convenience to shoppers, unlike stores and online purchases that have delivery lag times.
“Buy it today, take it today … we don’t want customers to have wait times,” Garcia said.
Residents can watch for the store’s grand opening, which Garcia plans to hold in the next couple of weeks. He plans to have attention-getting balloons and a “cookout” to draw the community to its special deals.
Complementing its size, the Furniture Now! showroom is open, with minimal walls and dividers.
“We have a large selection of sofas, dining room, living room, bedroom furniture – a little bit of everything,” he said. “We try to carry all styles, from traditional to modern.”
Most shoppers are looking for contemporary furniture, he said. Favorites include light gray couches and designs made from rustic, reclaimed wood.
Garcia spent most of his life in Santa Clarita, graduating from Canyon High School in 2005.
“I like how (we have) our own community,” he said. “A lot of people know each other here, and it’s somewhere you can raise your kids.”
“Kmart has been in the community for a long time,” he said. “The location was a great opportunity. A lot of people know where Kmart is.”
The business isn’t new to Garcia either. He has worked in the furniture industry for more than 15 years.
“I just love every aspect, from selling to customer service,” said Garcia, who has enough energy to spend time snowboarding and wake boarding when he’s not managing the store. “Customer service is a big part of the selling process.”
Furniture Now! has design packages, he explained. If you buy a set of furniture pieces, the store is likely to have matching lamps and tables to go with it.
“Since it’s such a large store we have a lot to look at,” he said. “Because we have a large selection at affordable prices, you should be able to find almost anything you’re looking for.”
Furniture Now! is located at 23222 Valencia Blvd.