Friday will be the first day of business for the new American Freight Furniture and Mattress store that’s opening at the northwest corner of 13th and Oliver.
As Have You Heard? first reported in March, the Ohio-based furniture company was working on a deal for 36,000 square feet where a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market used to be.
The deal had an especially quick turnaround time.
The no-frills, warehouse-style chain, which has almost 140 stores nationally, packs in furniture for every room along with mattresses. American Freight is known for low prices on name-brand and house-brand furniture. Name brands include Serta and Simmons, among others, and house brands include brands such as Hamilton and Stewart.
The store will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The 13th and Oliver intersection took a big hit in early 2016 when both the Wal-Mart and the QuikTrip across the street closed. The former QuikTrip space is still empty.
City Council member Lavonta Williams, whose district includes the 13th and Oliver area, previously said residents had been hoping for a store with fresh fruit and vegetables to replace Wal-Mart, but she said she was happy to have any business there “as long as it is respectable for the community, and it’s something they can be proud of.”
Even though American Freight isn’t the grocery store some had hoped for, Williams said it was important to fill that vacant corner.
“I’m just very, very grateful to have someone going into the building.”