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Conlins Furniture
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Conlin's Furniture is the premier home furnishings retailer in the great plains states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and now Minnesota. The company operates sixteen beautiful retail furniture stores that carry a full line of furniture, home furnishings, mattresses, and decorative accents. Conlin's Furniture is the premier home furnishings retailer in Billings MT, Bozeman MT, Butte MT, Great Falls MT, Kalispell MT, Miles City MT, Missoula MT, Aberdeen SD, Bismarck ND, Fargo ND, Grand Forks ND, Jamestown ND, Minot ND, Williston ND, Gillette WY, Alexandria MN and the surrounding areas. If you are decorating a room, remodeling your home or just looking for a sofa, chair, table, recliner, home theater seating, bed. sectional, mirror, bookcase, dresser, chest, armoire or desk, our showrooms have the finest selection of furniture on display in Montana, the Dakotas, and Wyoming. We offer interior design and floor planning assistance and the lowest prices in ND, SD, MT, WY and MN. We also offer name brand mattresses. Conlin's offers the best name brands including LaZBoy, Broyhill, Palliser, Sealy, Simmons, AAmerica and more. The greatest selection, the best service, and the lowest discount prices in our markets.

View recent additions (http://www.conlins.com/recentadditions.aspx) to our online furniture gallery. Now you can Shop for furniture Online here at conlins.com - our new furniture web site. This furniture website is designed to simplify the way you shop for furniture. On our website, you will not only find an unsurpassed amount of information about our products, but we have also simplified your ability to search for furniture by feature and to do side by side furniture comparisons. Shop online, find furniture, conduct research, see what's available before you buy, then come into our stores and get the personal service that you want and deserve. We have millions of dollars worth of inventory available for fast delivery into your home.

Conlinís Furniture is a regional, privately-owned furniture retail chain, operating stores throughout Montana, the Dakotas, and Wyoming with annual sales of approximately $50,000,000. The company offers a broad selection of mid-priced furniture manufactured by the strongest furniture brands in the country such as La-Z-Boy, Broyhill, Sealy, Simmons, and Palliser, among others. Conlinís generally ranks among the top 110 largest furniture companies in the United States, as tabulated by the trade magazine Furniture Today, and was recently the subject of a profile in that magazine.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an outstanding customer experience through a family of knowledgeable and caring associates, a selection of high quality home furnishings at great values, and endless service to our clients.

Our History

The history of Conlinís begins in 1937 when Ed Conlin Sr. (deceased) founded Conlinís Furniture in Williston, North Dakota in a building 25 feet wide and 120 feet deep. Edís entrepreneurial inspiration for this event was a falling out with his business partner in a hardware and furniture store. He came out of that breakup with $1,500 in cash and just enough credit to order a small amount of merchandise. A few monthís later he was joined by his oldest son Clem (also deceased).
During those early years the Great Depression made business conditions difficult for Ed and Clem. At the worst point Ed had exhausted his cash and credit and his entire inventory consisted of merely one dining room set and one bedroom set. A woman from Froid, Montana came into the store and bought both sets for cash, saving the business.
Time passed and the store outgrew several rented locations, so in 1949 Ed decided to build a new 21,000 square foot building. The townís ďwiserĒ businessmen believed this would be far too large a building for a furniture dealer, and the endeavor was christened ďEdís FollyĒ. But the business prospered in the new facility and it served as the base from which several other stores would open during the next 10 years. Today, Conlinís Furniture still operates in Williston out of that same building.
Edís second oldest son -- Ed Conlin, Jr. Ė joined the business in 1950 after graduating from West Point Military Academy and completing his military service. He spent his first years in the business on the roads of eastern Montana selling carpet and furniture from the back of his car. During that time the business expanded to Scoby and Sidney Montana, although these stores were closed a few years later. Clem and Edís younger brothers, Frank and John, also joined the business and together they expanded Conlinís Furniture into additional cities. Ed moved to Bismarck in 1955, and shortly thereafter Frank moved to Fargo ND, and John moved to Dickinson ND, with each brother operating a store in his city. Ed Conlin Sr. and Clem remained in Williston.
Each of the brothersí stores operated independently although ownership of the stores was shared among them all. (The Dickinson store later closed when John left the furniture business.) Although some merchandise buying activities were conducted jointly, the basic independent functioning of each store remained in place from the 1950ís through the 1960ís. The success of the company during those years came in large part from the strong customer service and fairness the Conlin brothers brought to the areaís furniture industry, their eye for product style and quality, and their willingness to sell at lower prices to bring in more customers.
At this point the focus of the companyís history moves to Ed Conlin Jr. and his store in Bismarck. Ed Jr. had already expanded by opening an additional store in Jamestown ND (and Sioux Falls SD but this closed later due to poor site selection) and a second ďbudgetĒ store in Bismarck. In 1975 Ed brought in Paul Gunville from Price Waterhouse in Minneapolis to work as the companyís Controller.
After Paul had been with the company for short time he and Ed arrived at some key insights. One was the need for the Conlin brothers to buy each other out in order to make their ownership interests correspond to the store(s) each was operating (This was accomplished amicably in the late 1970ís). Another was the need to place the buying and shipping, and distribution functions for Edís stores under centralized management. And the third was that there were many furniture store operators in ND, SD, and MT who were nearing retirement age but had no family members to pass their businesses on to, creating an opportunity for Conlinís Furniture to expand by buying out their interests, or moving into their cities.
The following timeline traces the expansion of stores under Ed Conlinís controlling ownership, starting with his arrival in Bismarck, ND.

1955 Bismarck, ND (moved to new location 2009)
1960 Jamestown, ND
1975 Miles City, MT
1975 Sioux Fall, SD
1979 Billings, MT
1980 Missoula, MT
1981 Creation of Centralized Distribution Center
1983 Expansion of Distribution Center
1984 Great Falls, MT
1985 Fargo, ND
1986 Aberdeen, SD
1986 Bozeman MT
1986 Minot, ND
1987 Rapid City, SD (Closed in 2007)
1989 Grand Forks, ND
1990 Butte, MT
1991 Kalispell, MT
1993 Williston, ND
1995 Mitchell, SD (Closed in 1999)
1996 Gillette, WY

718 N Highway 14/16

Gillette, WY 82716

(307) 686-2440

www.conlins.com (http://www.conlins.com)

718 N Highway 14/16 Gillette, WY 82716