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Nederland

November 29, 2012

NEDC welcomes Howell’s to city

NEDERLAND — Howell’s Furniture Co. LTD has received the green light to open a retail store in Nederland.

Nederland Economic Development Corporation board of directors unanimously approved a motion to provide a $250,000 incentive to Howell’s for a store to be located on FM 365. Board member Larry Ducharme was absent from Wednesday’s meeting.

Tom Schwaab, president of Howell’s, and Shawn Hanley, marketing director, were on hand for the news and to answer questions from the board.

Schwaab explained the new site will be approximately 30,000 square feet — roughly the same size as the Lake Charles location — and be located at one end of the Ritter at Home building. Howell’s also owns a 60,000 square foot store in Beaumont.

“We do a lot of business in Mid and South County and had a location here years ago,” Hanley, whose grandfather started the business, said during a break in the meeting. “We know how much business we do here and realize this is a good location. There is a lot of growth in this area we feel we could tap into.”

Schwaab said the Nederland location would be convenient for customers in Mid and South county.

“They will be able to come buy a new mattress set or recliner and not have to travel to Beaumont,” Schwaab said.

An approximate 90 day construction period is expected as well as another 90 days to stock the store with merchandise. Officials plan to duplicate the entrance at Ritters and add windows and a display area.

Howell’s plans to employ between 15 to 18 people with the possibility of adding staff in the future.

The issue will be placed before Nederland City Council for final approval at a later date.

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