New Clearance Furniture Store in Grand Rapids

FURN on Leonard replenishes its inventory with overstock furniture from Wayfair and Target almost weekly as they sell out.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you’ve been waiting a while for some furniture to be delivered, you’re not alone. Manufacturers nationwide are reporting longer-than-ever delays on household products due to supply chain issues.

A new storefront on the West Side could be the answer to many people’s problems, who are looking for a couch to sit on or a bed to sleep on.

“This west side space answered all of our questions, with the boutique side and two additional warehouse spaces in the back,” says owner Megans Giampapa.

FURN on Leonardo is a new face in Grand Rapids. The clearance furniture store replenishes its inventory with overstock furniture from Wayfair and Target almost weekly as they sell out, keeping its supply chain moving quickly.

“I was a real estate agent and interior designer, I worked 150 hours a week, and I quit my job,” Giampapa explains.

The longtime realtor took the plunge and opened the store about two months ago, ready to bring something much needed to the community.

“It seems like I’m the only one who can get furniture,” she says. “I have a lot of clients who come with a couch they bought, but it doesn’t come for six months.”

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For PJ Pallini and his wife, it is important that they are not held up by the big box stores with a long wait.

“It’s convenient to go get something,” he says. “When you need something, you need it now, not in a month or so, and then you’re like, ‘Is this really what we’re getting or not.'”

Supply chain issues also mean higher prices at some retailers, and Giampapa’s daughter and business partner Emma says she’s noticed customers in a bind.

“People need an option to get things without it drastically going over budget,” she says. “People are really worried about not being able to get what they need, especially furniture which is essential.”

All of these factors combined mean good business for Furn on Leonard, changing their floor plan every week as furniture sells out. It’s not just about finding a good deal for customers, but also something they’ll really appreciate.

“So many people struggle to put pieces together,” Giampapa says. “They’ll find a piece they like and they don’t know how to accessorize it or bring in other pieces. That’s what I’m here to do.”

FURN on Leonard also uses Facebook Marketplace to keep customers updated on their inventory.

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