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VanDrie Home Furnishings History

Serving Northern Michigan for 60 years.

Back in 1953, when a floor lamp only cost $16, Mr. John VanDrie opened a small store in the unique town of McBain, Michigan. He sold products from the furniture, appliance, electronic and floor covering industries; and worked closely with vendors such as La-Z-Boy, Bassett, Spring Air Mattresses, Hotpoint and Armstrong.

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In 1972, VanDrie Home Furnishings incorporated when our present owner, Gerard Winkle, joined the business. Mr. Winkle recalls the times when there were only five people on staff and you helped your customer from the time they walked through the front door until you loaded up their vehicle out the back door.

Just two years later, our company opened another store in Cadillac, Michigan and a third location was opened in Houghton Lake, Michigan in 1978. Eight years later, a new chapter was opened in VanDrie history when the McBain location closed and a new store was opened in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Northern Michigan has grown over the years, and customer demand for a store further north prompted the 1996 opening of another VanDrie location in Traverse City, Michigan, carrying furniture, and mattresses.

Currently, our family owned and operated VanDrie Home Furnishings is proudly serving customers within a 200 mile radius of the Cadillac corporate headquarters location. We now employ over 100 people, stock more the $4 million worth of inventory and make approximately 50 deliveries per day, six days a week. 60 wonderful years later, we are still selling products from many established vendors such as La-Z-Boy, Hotpoint, Carpet One and Armstrong.

We look forward to serving you!

Gerard Winkle

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