Heritage Furniture Outlet was created by furniture industry veterans to meet the needs of today’s consumers living in a challenging economy. Our goal is simple; bring you an assortment of quality home furnishing goods at prices much lower than you will find in retail stores.

DUANE PARKER

Duane’s career in the furniture business began in 1995 on the retail side with Rhodes Furniture, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He started with the company as a store manager and then worked his way up through area manager, regional manager, and finally became the Director of Sales for the 110-store chain.

Over the next few years, Duane moved on to Ethan Allen Furniture, where he served as District Manager, and then to Boyles Furniture, where he was given the title of VP of Sales. It was at Boyles Furniture that he met Rick Grant, who was then the company’s President, and that relationship would lead to a future partnership between the two.

First, however, Duane got a taste of the manufacturing side of the furniture industry when he became VP of Sales for Drexel-Heritage Furniture, and he found this side of the industry fascinating. He hadn’t planned on another move, but his former colleague and friend Rick Grant would come calling…

In his own words, Duane picks up the story from here. “I had gotten to know Rick when we both were working for Boyles, and I heard he was looking at a new venture. As I took a closer look, I realized that together we would have the perfect formula. The economy had taken a real toll on the furniture business, but it wasn’t because people didn’t want to buy furniture. They wanted quality furniture, but they couldn’t afford to pay high-end prices. I have had experience on both sides of the business, and Rick’s specialty was retail. So, if we could offer high-end furniture to the public at low-end prices, we felt we could fill a badly needed void and create jobs at the same time. So Heritage Furniture Outlet was born in July of 2011 and here we are!”

Duane attributes his working philosophy to a combination of strong leadership training he received through being a member of the elite Army Rangers, his strong sense of faith (he’s a former youth minister), and all of his past experience in the industry. “Rick and I work really well together, and I truly enjoy getting up every morning to come to work. That, to me, is special. When you can do what you love, help others, and make a living at the same time, you are truly blessed.”

RICK GRANT

Rick has spent virtually his entire working life in retail, with a highlight being his early employment with Montgomery Ward.

Rick’s education in the furniture business began back in 1985, when he went to work for Robb & Stuckey Furniture in Florida. From 1985 to 1990, Rick worked as VP of Operations for the $60 million dollar company.

Restless for difference, Rick relocated to North Carolina in 1990 and accepted an offer to become VP of Operations for Boyles Furniture. He climbed the operations ladder quickly, and was named President of the 275 million dollar retail operation, where he remained until 2007.

Over the past few years, Rick’s opportunity funnel has always been full. After a short stint as COO and President of nationwide delivery operation Classic Moving and Storage, Rick opened a design center called The Knoll in 2008 in Banner Elk, N.C.

The following year, he became Owner and President of Charleston Forge (a high-end metal furniture manufacturer) as well as the Hooker Furniture Outlet. Never one to shy away from additional challenges, he became partners in The Credit Card Group in 2010.

As 2011 beckoned, Rick and a former colleague, Duane Parker began discussions about opening a high-end furniture outlet that would sell top-quality at deep discount prices. By mid-year, Heritage Furniture Outlet was up and running inside the Hickory Furniture Mart. A portion of every sale from Heritage is donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

Asked to describe what makes him tick, Rick says, “I believe in fairness and equality for everyone. Everyone should be given an opportunity to pursue their passion and succeed. I’m on a mission to create some jobs. Our industry has been devastated and my goal is to create 500 jobs. I have been very involved with kids and coaching throughout my life, and I am heavily involved in my church. I really believe that the key to life is to surround yourself with people who have a passion for their life and their work.”

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