Chair King Backyard Store Opens New Warehouse Showroom & Clearance Center

Friday, September 9, 2016

Chair King Backyard Store announces its newest location at 5455 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., between Tanner and Clay Roads next door to its Distribution Center. The store will serve as the company’s Warehouse Showroom and Clearance Center.

The store comprises 27,500 sq. ft. of showroom space and underwent a complete interior renovation as well as exterior update. Along with Chair King’s well-known displays of the largest selection of quality outdoor furniture in Texas, the store also features a grill and grill accessory department.

Chair King’s Warehouse Showroom & Clearance Center will carry all the well-known name brands, in-house brands and merchandise found in its other stores, as well as value priced closeouts and floor samples sourced specifically for this location.

“We are thrilled with the new look we have created for this location and to make buying easier for our warehouse customers with a showroom next door,” said David Barish, chairman & CEO. “We heard from our customers that they wanted a location closer to their homes so we are bringing it to them now.”

This new store is the 17th Chair King Backyard Store in Texas, including two in San Antonio, three in Austin, four in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and now eight in Houston. Chair King also operates Leisure Collections, a design/contract showroom in Houston, and is the majority owner of Fortunoff Backyard Store, a 25-store chain located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Chair King Backyard Store has been in business for over 66 years, selling a full range of outdoor pool and patio furniture, Weber grills and outdoor accessories. Chair King, combined with its Fortunoff subsidiary, is the largest specialty retailer of pool and patio furniture in the country.


Curt Littlejohn has been with Chair King for over two years with growing responsibility in Logistics, Human Resources, Inventory Control, Sales and Operations. Effective today, Curt will serve in the role of president & chief operating officer of Chair King Backyard Store. In addition to overseeing the company’s daily operations, he will also partner closely with Fortunoff Backyard Store as we align and standardize our methods of doing business.

Curt’s past experience includes 21 years at Zale Corporation in multiple functional areas, three years at Bentley’s Travelware as senior vice president and chief operating officer, and three years at HMSHost Corporation as vice president of Retail. In his new role, he will report to David Barish, chairman and CEO.

Joe Weisman started with Chair King at the age of 16, and joined the company full-time nine years ago with growing responsibilities in Distribution, Inventory Control, front-line Sales, Commercial Outside Sales and creating policies & procedures for most of the company’s executive positions. Most recently, Joe’s complete focus has been dedicated to maintaining Chair King’s commitment to the best Merchandising in the industry.

Effective today, Joe will serve in the role of executive vice president of Chair King Backyard Store. In addition to his current Merchandising duties, he will take on the additional responsibilities of Marketing and Finance. In his new role, Joe will report to Curt Littlejohn.

Please join me in congratulating both Curt and Joe as we wish them much success in their new roles.

– David Barish


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