A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Sept. 27 to celebrate the renovation and re-naming of the La-Z-Boy store at 5178 Monroe St.
The new name, La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Décor, reflects the store’s transformation, which includes a complete interior and exterior revamp. The newly remodeled 18,000-square-foot store features La-Z-Boy’s vast selection of furniture, while highlighting its first-class in-home design service. The new name continues to drive the company’s mission to “Live Life Comfortably.”
In 1975, Don Durocher opened one of the country’s first stores dedicated to only La-Z-Boy Furniture. This store, at the Monroe Street location, was called La-Z-Boy Showcase Shoppes. At that time, it was primarily stocked with the La-Z-Boy Recliner.
The store tripled in size in the 1980s and was re-branded as La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. This concept would allow guests to shop for La-Z-Boy’s complete line of furniture including recliners, sofas, sectionals, modulars, tables, lamps, and accessories. The store was merchandised in “vignette” settings, allowing customers to visualize how La-Z-Boy’s products would look in their home.
In 1999, Durocher’s son, Chris, was named president and under his leadership, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Toledo continued to grow not only as a business, but also a community partner in northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. “Giving back to the community that’s supported us is not only fulfilling, but the right thing to do,” said Chris Durocher.
La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Toledo has partnered with several local charities including Ronald McDonald House, Seagate Food Bank, St. Jude’s Dream Home, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Sylvania Area Family Services, Lucas County Children Services and many more.