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Bernie and Phyl's

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Bernie & Phyl's Furniture is the largest privately owned furniture retailer in Massachusetts. Our company has grown from a small storefront into one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the state with five stores in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire and over 450 employees. Bernie & Phyl's has been listed as one of the Top 100 U.S. Furniture Stores by Furniture/Today for each year since 2000.

Along the way, our company has garnered numerous awards.

* In 2000, our company was named Retailer of the Year by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.
* In 2002, we received the Home Furnishings Association of New England's Robert E. Richmond Award of Eminence, which is the organization's highest honor and is given to companies that exemplify strong ethics and professionalism.
* In 2002, we were named national Furniture Retailer of the Year by the National Home Furnishings Association.
* In 2003, Bernie & Phyl's received the Executive Technology Retail Community Service Award for our community service efforts.
* In 2004, we won the prestigious Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence, which honors businesses that are committed to promoting ethical business practices.
* In 2004, Bernie & Phyl's was awarded the Community Pride Award from the Business & Economic Development Commission of Raynham.

Our driving philosophy is that the furniture buying experience should combine best of class sales, service, quality, and price. It should start with the buying experience itself, with no pressure, and exceptional service from our sales team, follow through on delivery and set up of your new furniture, and continue well beyond the purchase for the life of your furniture. If you don't believe us, see what some of our customers have had to say over the years about the Bernie & Phyl's experience...

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture Background Information

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture was founded by the Rubin family in 1983 and has since grown into one of the fastest growing furniture retailers in the country with six stores, over $100 million in revenue in 2005, and over 500 employees. With a focus on honesty, integrity, high quality furniture at great prices, and unparalleled customer service, the family-run business has created a highly successful niche in an extremely competitive marketplace.

In May 2000, Furniture/Today called Bernie & Phyl's a "from-out-of-nowhere story" when the retailer debuted at 100 on their list of Top 100 U.S. Furniture Stores in the country. But the truth is that the company has been strategically building a successful business since it's founding.

Under the guidance of co-founders Bernie and Phyllis Rubin and sons Larry and Rob Rubin, Bernie & Phyl's has earned a stellar reputation in the industry. Every facet of the company is infused with the philosophy that its founders learned as children be honest and treat people the way you would want to be treated.

Bernie & Phyl's Business Model:
At Bernie & Phyl's, the business model is straightforward. Give customers a shopping experience that is second to none. Create and foster a happy and productive workplace where employees want to exceed your expectations every day. Build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with vendors. Use cutting-edge technology to build a solid and efficient infrastructure. Give back to the community. This is what Bernie & Phyl's does best every day.

At Bernie & Phyl's, customers won't find high-pressure sales tactics or phony sales with trumped up prices that later get reduced. The company has never had a "sale" and never will because the goal of the company is to give customers beautiful, quality furniture at a price they can afford every day. Bernie & Phyl's works closely with well-known manufacturers to purchase the best furniture at the best value. By making deals with American and imported furniture vendors, buying in large quantities, and buying direct on imported goods, Bernie & Phyl's is able to give customers the lowest prices all the time. The retailer also has special relationships with its vendors (due to the high volume they purchase), which allows it to offer customers next day delivery on in-stock merchandise and 30-day delivery on special orders.

Bernie & Phyl's encourages customers to shop around because they know customers cannot find the same quality furniture for less anywhere else. The company can sell their furniture for less because they work on smaller margins than many competitors, but make up the difference in volume of sales, internal efficiencies, and overall business operating strategies. For example, Bernie & Phyl's has made Furniture/Today's Top 10 lists in the important "sales per square foot" category and "average stock turns" category every year since joining the ranks of the Top 100 Furniture Stores in the country in 2000.

Contributing to the company's success has also been its strategic decision to buy retail sites rather than leasing properties. The company owns all of its six store sites as well as its corporate headquarters/distribution center in Norton.

In 1995, Bernie & Phyl's bought its current headquarters, warehouse, and land in Norton to support its ambitious future growth plans. In 1997, the company purchased a 42,000 s/f building and 26,000 s/f warehouse on Rt. 9 in Westboro, which marked a major transition for Bernie & Phyl's. The Westboro store was their first store where the presentation of the furniture became an important part of the sales strategy. It was a spectacular success. A prominent 50,000 s/f building on Rt. 1 in Saugus went up for sale and the company bought it and opened their second major furniture showroom in January 1999.

In August 2001, the company purchased another high profile site a 41,000 s/f building on the Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, NH. The Nashua store opened in September 2001, while plans for a new three-story 86,000 s/f furniture showroom were developed. The new store was constructed in two phases, so that the showroom never had to close for business.
In June 2003, the company purchased a former Ames store with 55,000 s/f on Route 44 in Raynham MA and opened a furniture and mattress store there in August 2003. In October 2004, Bernie & Phyl's purchased a 50,000 square foot building in Braintree MA and opened its new home furnishings store there in February 2005.

Along the way, Bernie & Phyl's has garnered numerous awards. In 2004, the company was awarded the Better Business Bureau's coveted Torch Award, which recognizes remarkable businesses committed to promoting ethical business practices. In 2003, Bernie & Phyl's was selected as one of ten international retailers to receive the Executive Technology Retail Community Service Award, which honors businesses that are building a better world for people through their community service efforts. Bernie & Phyl's was the smallest retailer to have ever received this award. In 2002, Bernie & Phyl's received the highest honor in its industry the National Home Furnishings Association's Retailer of the Year award. The company was also chosen in 2002 as the recipient of the Home Furnishings Association of New England's prestigious Robert E. Richmond Award of Eminence, which is given to companies who exemplify strong ethics and professionalism and has been given out only 12 times since 1977. In 2000, Bernie & Phyl's was named 2000 Retailer of the Year by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

Charitable Giving:
As a successful business, Bernie & Phyl's is serious about giving back to those that are less fortunate. Their Friends In Need program regularly donates furniture to charitable organizations across the region. In the last six years, the company has donated over $3 million worth of furniture to Morgan Memorial Goodwill and Teen Challenge New England – organizations that it donates to on a regular basis as well as to other charitable organizations in need. For several years, Bernie & Phyl's worked closely with Habitat for Humanity to help furnish the homes they built and has donated furniture to over 25 Habitat houses across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The company is also involved in many other community initiatives outside of furniture donations. These include holding annual Red Cross blood drives in its stores, the annual Bernie's Baseball Buddies program that takes underprivileged kids to see a Red Sox game and tour Fenway Park, sponsoring youth sports teams in local communities, and many public service television sponsorships.

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture Fact Sheet
Bernie & Phyl's Furniture is one of the largest furniture retailers in New England. Started by the Rubin family in 1983, the company has grown into one of the fastest growing furniture retailers with six stores and over 500 employees. In 2002, Bernie & Phyl's was named national "Retailer of the Year" by the National Home Furnishings Association the highest honor in the retail home furnishings industry. Bernie & Phyl's has made the list of the Top 100 U.S. Furniture Stores in the country for the past five years. With a focus on high quality furniture at great prices, the family-run business has created a successful niche in a competitive marketplace.

The Family Connection:
While most companies aspire to have a family atmosphere, Bernie & Phyl's has the real thing. The company was founded by the husband and wife team of Bernie and Phyllis Rubin in 1983. Their son Robert joined the company in 1985, and son Larry joined in 1987. Although their daughter Michelle doesn't work for the company anymore, son-in-law Robert Pepe has been a Bernie & Phyl's employee since 1990.

Philosophy:
Bernie & Phyl's has a unique approach to buying and selling furniture. The company's buyers work closely with well-known manufacturers to purchase only the best furniture at the best value for its customers. By making deals with furniture vendors, buying in large quantities, and buying direct on imported goods, Bernie & Phyl's is able to give its customers the lowest prices all the time on brand name furniture and accessories. Bernie & Phyl's also has special relationships with its vendors (due to the high volume they purchase) which allow them to offer customers next day delivery on in-stock merchandise and 30-day delivery on special orders. No other furniture retailer can match Bernie & Phyl's commitment to offering only the highest quality furniture with fast delivery and great service at prices below their competitors.

Awards:

* 2004 Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence
* 2004 Community Pride Award from the Business & Economic Development Commission of Raynham
* 2003 Executive Technology Retail Community Service Award
* 2002 Retailer of the Year Award from the National Home Furnishings Association
* 2002 Home Furnishings Association of New England's Robert E. Richmond Award of Eminence
* 2000 Retailer of the Year by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts


Selection:
Bernie & Phyl's has a huge selection of American and imported furniture and home furnishings for every area of the house including:

* Living Room/Family Room (sofas, love seats, recliners, chairs, leather furniture, motion furniture, coffee/end/sofa/console tables, etc.)
* Dining (formal dining sets, hutches, buffets, tables, casual dining sets, etc.)
* Bedroom (sleigh beds, poster beds, head/foot boards, dressers/chests, armoires, mirrors, night stands, etc.)
* Bedding (Bernie & Phyl's carries the largest selection of Sealy Posturepedic mattresses in the greater Boston area and an
* Extensive selection of Stearns and Foster bedding)
* Youth (bunk beds, captain's beds, decorative beds, twin head boards, dressers/chests, etc.)
* Entertainment (wall units, home entertainment centers, television/stereo stands, etc.)
* Home Office (desks, office chairs, computer work stations, bookcases, computer carts, filing cabinets, etc.)
* Accessories (lighting/lamps, decorative items, wall hangings, mirrors, etc.)


Brands:
Bernie & Phyl's Furniture sells many well-known brands of furniture.

Advertising:
Bernie and Phyllis Rubin, who have been married for over 45 years, have become popular personalities as result of starring in their company's advertising commercials over the years. Their innovative ads are humorous, entertaining, and just plain fun. Both Bernie and Phyl are down-to-earth, don't take themselves too seriously, and are in real life pretty much the way they appear on television. Customers frequently ask, Are they real people or just actors doing the commercials? To which Bernie likes to reply, with a wink of course, Believe me, we're real. The way Phyl teases me on TV, that's real. That's not acting.

The best furniture and furnishing values in New England.

Delivery Service

Please visit following link for detail delivery information
http://www.bernieandphyls.com/content/delivery.html

Financing Service

Please visit our website periodically for financing promotions and offers.
The Bernie & Phyl's credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank. Special terms apply to purchases charged with approved credit. Regular minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date at the regular APR if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the promotional period or if you make a late payment.

Markets Served

Bernie & Phyl's has 5 showroom locations in Massachusetts and 1 showroom location in Nashua New Hampshire. Please note that all of our showroom locations contain a Clearance Center, and that the Weymouth location is a Mattress and Clearance Center only.

Website

In 2001, the company launched its e-commerce web site (www.bernieandphyls.com) which features every product in every furniture category that they carry. Bernie & Phyl's Furniture was the first furniture retailer in Massachusetts to pursue an e-commerce web strategy to support their customers' furniture shopping needs both on-line and in-store. Now in 2007, Bernie & Phyl's is raising the bar for furniture retailers with a newly designed, modernized e-commerce site poised to expanding the business through mail order to the national level.

The site features email signup, in store financing, an online room planner, interior design services, gift cards, customer reviews, keyword search, an online shopping cart, an online showroom catalog featuring their in-stock merchandise assortment with pricing and descriptions. The site displays room setting photos as well as item photos. item dimensions and descriptions. Customers can purchase items and / or purchase packaged sets.

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