It’s hard to believe that our store is celebrating 30 years of business this year! Village Home Stores could not have become the premier locally-owned Home Store without one key element, YOUR BUSINESS! Our surrounding areas have embraced our products and services in such a way that we are so excited to continue to meet the growing needs for anyone building or remodeling their home. Our goal is to gain lifetime-long customers and we can’t wait to be here for you 30 years from now. Our Full Remodel Project Management program has grown tremendously and we know that is due to your word of mouth recommendations which we value so much!
As an employee of the store, I wanted to get some inside history of the store from the men running the show. I asked Jim Ries who operates the Cabinetry side of the business a few questions:
What is your favorite memory from the original store in Cambridge?
“I have so many memories of getting the opportunity to work side-by-side with my dad at a very young age and having him teach me so much about life and business in the process. My wife Martha wants me to be sure to mention an especially difficult day as a child. While helping plumb a house I jumped off the back of a truck and thought I had broke my ankle, then a dog ate my lunch. It was a bad day for any kid.”
What are some interesting memories of our current building in Downtown Geneseo?
“Watching people parallel park is always entertaining!”
Within the last 5 years what has surprised you the most about Village?
“The number of employees we have had to add to keep up with customer demands so we can continue to provide a level of service we are proud of still shocks me daily!”
What are your hopes for the next 5 years for Village?
“That people in the entire Quad City area will really start to see Village Home Stores as a ‘must see, must visit’ showroom when they start a home improvement project no matter how big or small.”
Village Hardware opened its doors in 1984 just a few miles South from our current showroom. From 1984-1998 Village Hardware grew its Cambridge, IL location to meet the growing needs of customers building and remodeling homes in our area. Offering Cabinetry and Appliances expanded the business to provide more of those materials and eventually lead to the “Home Store” concept in place today. In July of 1998, Village Maytag opened up Downtown Geneseo, IL and shortly after in 2000, Village Cabinetry opened right next door. Offering sales & service of Home Appliances and now Cabinetry and Countertops right next door, the Geneseo showroom continued to see growth and added Lighting and now Flooring departments as well.
We are so thankful for the past 30 years and look forward to seeing where the next 30 brings us at Village Home Stores. Please be sure to join us to celebrate our latest expansion of the showroom this Thursday the 9th of October at noon. There will be food and refreshments to follow. A 3 Day Sale Event will be going on Thursday-Saturday and huge savings in all departments. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to save $500 on a $5,000 purchase on top of added discounts and promotions throughout the store.