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Schneiderman's plans second story expansion at Woodbury store

Schneiderman's Furniture is planning a second story expansion to the Woodbury location.

A large furniture store in Woodbury is proposing to double its size this summer.

Schneiderman's Furniture will soon submit an application to the city requesting to add a 35,000 square-foot second story, according to CEO Larry Schneiderman.

Plans also call for an extensive remodel of the building's interior and exterior spaces, he added.

"Our Woodbury store has been an outstanding store right from the start," Schneiderman said. "And at this point there is several lines of merchandise that we're not in a position to show in a 35,000 square-foot store."

The expansion allows for those brands carried by the company to be brought into the Woodbury location, he said.

"We believe that by expanding the store we'll also expand our sales volume," Schneiderman said. "We believe in that location because it's been excellent for us."

Schneiderman's was founded by Max Schneiderman, a Minnesota Iron Ranger who started the store with "random odds and ends inside the family's small country grocery store," according to the company's website.

Eventually those odds and ends came to include furniture and the small selection grew to fill a larger store in a small town.

Schneiderman's now has five showroom locations in the Twin Cities and one in Duluth.

The Woodbury store opened in 1997 with just one competitor nearby, Schneiderman said.

Today Hudson Road is becoming the place to go for furniture and mattress shopping with a handful of stores located just blocks from one another.

Schneiderman said he's still optimistic about the expansion because the last year showed good numbers to go off of.

"First, the Woodbury area continues to be an important shopping destination," he said. "And second is that 2012 was an excellent year for us in terms of sales throughout our company."

The company plans to submit an application to the city's planning department as soon as possible with the intention of finishing the project this fall.

"We're anxious to get started with the actual construction this spring," Schneiderman said.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.