HOM Furniture plans to build a new flagship store in Bloomington that will house all of its brands including Dock86 and Gabberts. And that means Gabberts, the venerable local furniture retailer that was the foundation of the Galleria in Edina, will leave the upscale shopping center it has anchored for 60 years.
HOM says Gabberts will move out of Galleria in 2020 when the project is scheduled for completion. Galleria had no immediate comment on the announcement. Restoration Hardware will also soon leave Galleria for a new stand-alone flagship, which is under construction across the street in the Southdale Center parking lot.
Coon Rapids-based HOM acquired Gabberts Furniture in 2008 and added a Gabberts design studio to its Little Canada store. The new Bloomington flagship will be HOM’s largest yet—more than doubling the size of the current store along I-494 to a hulking 206,000 square feet. HOM acquired the neighboring spaces that housed Golf Galaxy and Budget Truck Center to make room for the new flagship.
“This project has been a long time in the making,” HOM CEO Rod Johansen said in a statement. “We are excited about bringing Gabberts to our new Bloomington flagship, where we will be able to showcase the iconic Gabberts brand with an updated showroom and design studio.”
Founded in 1946 as an appliance and tire store in downtown Minneapolis, Don Gabbert moved the business to its current Edina location at France Avenue and West 69th Street in 1959 and built the Galleria mall to support it. Galleria, which added a new wing last year, has become one of the Twin Cities most successful shopping centers, housing a mix of local boutiques, national retailers, and designer brands not found elsewhere in town, including Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton.
But the mall location is out of sync with HOM’s strategy of stand-alone big-box stores. HOM has 16 locations throughout the upper Midwest. The newest opened recently in Brooklyn Center and a seventeenth will open later this year in Wausau, Wisconsin. HOM’s answer to the Internet’s increasing market share, Johansen says, is service, breadth, and convenience. HOM covers a wide range of price points from budget brand Dock86 to moderate HOM Furniture to the higher end Gabberts, while also offering design services and free shipping.
Construction is scheduled to begin May 1 on the new Bloomington flagship. It will feature a Gabberts showroom with expanded product categories including mattresses, rugs, carpet, flooring, and patio, as well as a gallery for one of Gabberts’ most popular lines, Stickley. The superstore will also house an expanded flooring and rug department with thousands of options available, plus Home Sleep Express with more than 75 mattresses on display, as well as house brands Seasonal Concepts Patio, Uptown Urban Furnishings, and an Amish Crafstsmen Gallery.