TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- "We thought, 'what if we bring four of the oldest furniture stores in the Topeka area all together into one shopping destination?,'" recalled Jeff Winter. "That's where the Kansas Furniture Mall was born."
In a 13 News Exclusive, Winter and West Ridge Mall confirmed four local furniture stores will in fact be moving into the space once occupied by Macy's department store.
Jeff and his brother Jamie own Discovery Furniture, RoomMakers, Mattress Headquarters, and recently acquired the Marling's name when Ed Marling retired.
When Macy's moved out of West Ridge Mall in Topeka in March 2012, the Winters began to brainstorm.
"Our goal is to help our customers create more beautiful and comfortable homes," Jamie said, "Anything that can do that, we want to invest in."
The investment includes what Jamie calls the largest change they've made to the business in the last 80 years of its history, when his grandfather founded Winter Furniture.
The Winters purchased the store from Macy's and are now renovating the two level, 190,000 square feet space. Rather than creating one store, they are keeping the four stores divided in separate spaces in the mall location. Jeff said it will allow for the personalized service of a small, local shop, with the selection of a large store.
Winter says all current employees will be making the move to the new Kansas Furniture Mall, and 35 to 40 new positions will be added. Jamie said, "With this addition, we'll be up to 140 jobs in the community."
They say the megastore will allow for cheaper prices for customers because they'll be adding vendors and growing business.
Kansas Furniture Mall is scheduled to open with all new merchandise. There will be a grand opening event and gala in September. Jamie says that means customers can expect big sales at all current locations at the end of summer so they can empty those stores.