City Furniture, one of the few retail success stories during the pandemic, is looking to further transform its business with a significant hiring push. Company president Andrew Koenig recently announced plans to hire more than 500 employees—200 in sales; 250 in warehouse, delivery and customer care; and 50 corporate positions—by year’s end. Most of those jobs will be in South Florida.
The planned expansion comes as City Furniture continues on pace for its highest-ever annual sales in company history, according to Koenig. The reasons? Families, spending more time at home than ever the past year due to COVID-19, are renovating their living spaces and home offices like never before.
“Families coping with the COVID environment suddenly need their homes to multitask as workplace, school and staycation refuges,” says Koenig, who points to the demand for furnishings throughout the home, including outdoor living areas.
Koenig notes that City Furniture is seeing that applicants with sales experience in retail, automotive, real estate and hospitality are making a seamless transition to his company (first-year sales associates, he says, average $60,000 to more than $100,000). Delivery drivers also are in high demand, due to the increase in sales; first-year earnings in that category are anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000.
City Furniture operates 20 showrooms from Miami to Vero Beach, and in Southwest and Central Florida (along with 14 Ashley HomeStore locations). The firm is relying on virtual interviewing, using a team hiring approach that Koenig says is adding to the quality of new employees. For more information, click here.