‘Grown like gangbusters’: Tuskers Home store expands to include outlet, patio, contemporary stores

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM.

It may be a risky venture to open a home furnishing business during a housing downturn, but for Bart Manning, it works.

Manning opened Tuskers Home Store in 2008, during a recession which he calls “the worst in U.S. history.”

But as a testament to its success, four years later the business is not just still around, it is expanding.

“I looked at it as an opportunity,” said Manning of opening the original store. “We’ve grown like gangbusters.”

Recently, Manning saw another opportunity with the closing of the former Resort Interiors showroom.He purchased the large showroom-warehouse space, and in late August opened its doors as an outlet shop to sell high-quality discontinued furniture. The space will also open as a patio furniture showroom, in about a month.

Tuskers patio store will carry the “Rolls Royce” of patio furniture, Tommy Bahama and Lane Venture.

Manning says it is hard to find anything in between expensive and downright cheap furniture, but he seeks to meet his clients in the middle with reasonably priced patio furniture.

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