Clay, N.Y. — Raymour & Flanigan, the Northeast’s largest furniture and mattress retailer, is looking to hire 1,000 workers to handle a sharp increase in sales during the coronavirus pandemic.
The company, based in Clay, said it is looking for truck drivers, delivery people, warehouse workers, customer service personnel, sales associates, call center workers and information technology professionals.
The job openings include 126 in the Syracuse area, it said.
The company lists job openings and accepts applications online at www.raymourflanigan.com/Careers.
People spending more time at home during the pandemic have been buying more furniture and mattresses, said Holly Heinze-Coolican, director of people development for the company,
“I think people were home, probably looking around their living rooms and bedrooms, saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I’d like to replace this, I’d like to paint, I want to do something different,’ ” she said.
Among the biggest sellers have been home office and multifunctional furniture, especially tables that can double as work or student desks, she said. In addition, the company has seen a big jump in the sale of outdoor furniture, she said.
“We hope this trend will continue,” Heinze-Coolican said. “People are investing more in their homes. It’s a whole lifestyle change for so many not able to go on vacation.”
Bernard “Bernie” Goldberg and his younger brother Arnold Goldberg started the company as Raymour Furniture in 1946, opening their first store in Syracuse. (They named it after a Long Island antiques shop run by a third brother because a Goldberg furniture store run by other relatives already existed in Syracuse.)
The brothers opened a second store in Clay in 1972. In 1990, they acquired Flanigan’s Furniture, which operated 14 stores in the Rochester and Buffalo areas, and renamed the company Raymour & Flanigans.
Bernard Goldberg remained the company’s chairman until his death in 2010. His son Neil is now the company’s president and CEO.
Raymour & Flanigan operates 123 stores and 19 distribution centers in seven states and employs 6,053 people, including 500 in the Syracuse area. The company’s headquarters, along with one of its largest distribution centers, are on Morgan Road in Clay.