August was a busy time for Farmers Home Furniture. New Store Manager Nina Bozeman moved to the area and immediately began reorganizing the store. With nearly 17 years of office, collections, credit and store management experience, Bozeman was excited to accept the challenge. Bozeman, of Worth County Georgia, is also very familiar with Farmers Home Furniture. She has worked in the Sylvester, Fitzgerald, and Ashburn, Georgia stores during her management career.
According to Bozeman, “Farmers Home Furniture was originally opened in Soperton, Georgia by Sherwin Glass in 1949, who was from North Carolina.” The company had three principles. First, offer fair pricing for quality merchandise. Second, make affordable financing available. Finally, provide excellent customer service after the sale. Based on these principles the company has grown to 220 stores in seven states. Later the employees bought the company from Mr. Glass, which provides part-time and full-time employees to participate in company ownership. “The employee stock ownership plan available at Farmers Home Furniture is one of the largest based out of Georgia” Bozeman added. Today, Farmers Home Furniture is among the top 100 furniture companies in the country.
The Marianna store opened in 1989 and now has ten employees with excellent benefits. Bozeman is looking to hire three additional employees in the areas of collections and warehouse work.
Bozeman and her family live in Cottondale. She enjoys crafts and playing board games with her children. What a wonderful business to have in Marianna. Visit Farmers Home Furniture at 4830 Lafayette Street, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information call Bozemam and her staff at 850-526-4811. Visit the City of Marianna’s website at http://www.mariannafl.city/335/New-Businesses-and-Other-Community-News to learn more about new businesses. Shop locally and support Marianna businesses.
Kay Dennis, MBA, MPA, A.I.C.P., is the director of Municipal Development for the City of Marianna.