A milestone worth a celebration

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March 17, 2016 9:56 AM

Midwest Furniture is hosting a VIP event at its store tonight to celebrate 30 years of business. Pictured is Ken Lawrence, who's co-owned the company since 2004.

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A local furniture store is marking 30 years of business and is holding a shindig tonight to celebrate.

Midwest Furniture and Appliances, located at 4801 49th Ave., opened in 1986 and has been able to keep its doors open ever since, which could be seen as quite a feat for an independently owned business.

“The event is just basically a celebration of being in Lloydminster for 30 years and independent businesses don’t always last that long,” said co-owner Ken Lawrence, who has been part of the company since 2000.

“We just thought that was quite the milestone and also a little bit of the celebration with the ABEX award we were able to win last fall.”
Last fall, Midwest won the Community Cornerstone ABEX award from the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, adding yet another reason for the store to commemorate.

The 30 year VIP celebration event is also being put on to show appreciation for the store’s customers, and will have live piano music, a mocktail bar, and spin-to-win wheel and a few words from some local dignitaries.

Lawrence said part of the reason for business’s longevity is how staff treat customers as they try to do more than what’s expected when it comes to service.

“Looking after people, serving them well and trying to do the best job we can to look after our customers needs— just trying to go above and beyond,” he said.

Midwest Furniture and Appliances was first started by George and Ruth Knispel, who invited Lawrence to join the team knowing they would at some point get him into a management position.

Lawrence was no stranger to sales, having moved to Lloydminster in ‘83 as a salesman for Snap-on Tools, making him a good fit for the position.
After taking the job at Midwest Furniture, Lawrence and his wife Elaine partnered with Tim and Christine Krenz to buy the business from the Knispels.

“Then we bought (the Krenzs) out about two and a half years ago.”
The furniture store has been through a few economic ups and downs as the Knispels started the business during a rough patch in the mid-80s, but always managed to keep its head above water.

“So it was a struggle then and there’s been other ups and downs of oil patch fluctuations; again, it’s just a case of doing what you need to do to make it all happen and just carry on,” said Lawrence.“We just appreciate Lloyd very much for shopping at home.”

The Midwest Furniture and Appliances 30 year VIP Event will take place at the store from 6-9 p.m.

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