Gabberts will leave Galleria as HOM manufactures new Bloomington leader

HOM Furniture will manufacture a leader megastore in Bloomington to house each of the three of its brands — HOM Furniture, Gabberts and Dock 86 — by late one year from now.

The advancement implies Gabberts will leave the Galleria in Edina, a spot where it has been for 60 years, and move to the site in Bloomington close to the crossing point of interstates 494 and 35W.

The HOM store now at that Bloomington site will be razed to make way for a new 206,000-square-foot structure. The new complex will resemble like one that the organization has worked for quite a while in Little Canada.

“We’re having a lot of success with the synergies from the three stores in Little Canada since 2015,” said Rod Johansen, chief executive of HOM. “We anticipate the Bloomington location to be our new flagship and the largest in size and volume.”

The Coon Rapids-based organization said it will start a liquidation deal on Wednesday at the Bloomington HOM, which is relied upon to shut toward the beginning of April.

The new Gabberts showroom, which will have its very own passageway, will be two stories and bigger than the current store in Edina. A two-story HOM store and single-level Dock 86 will share a passage however will be independent stores. The Bloomington leader will be around 40,000 square feet bigger than the Little Canada area.

The inside and outside structure were created by RSP Architects of Minneapolis and Archnet of Stillwater. Benson Orth Associates of Golden Valley is the general contractual worker.

Johansen is as yet considering plans for another HOM retail idea in the Galleria Gabberts space. “We may put something else in there,” he said. “We can stay there if we want. We have options to go beyond our lease.”

The new structure between I-494 and American Boulevard is the site of the first store, a Waterbed Room, opened by Johansen siblings Rod and Wayne in 1980.

Gabberts, established by Don Gabbert in 1946 in downtown Minneapolis, moved to its Edina area in 1959 and in the long run had the Galleria shopping center worked around it in 1976. It was bought by HOM in 2008.

HOM has 17 areas in the Upper Midwest. Its last area opened in Brooklyn Center in December, and the next area will make a big appearance in Wausau, Wis., in the spring.

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