HARKER HEIGHTS — Rooms To Go, the newest furniture store located along the U.S. Highway 190 corridor, held its grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday.
“We are so happy to have stores like this come to our city,” said Harker Heights Mayor Mike Aycock. “Rooms To Go coming here shows the trust they have in the area, the city of Harker Heights and the citizens that call this area home.”
City and Rooms To Go officials were on hand to officially open the doors to the 40,000-square-foot store, even though the showroom opened Oct. 3, nine days ahead of its scheduled grand opening.
“So many people were coming through asking when we were going to officially open our doors,” said Leslie Pina, store manager. “I’ve never seen so many people this excited to see us before and I’m excited to be able to share what we have to offer with this community.”
Martha Kruse, senior director of multicultural marketing for Rooms To Go, said the Harker Heights opening appeared to be the biggest grand opening the company has seen in Texas.
“This location will be a learning experience for us due to the large military presence, and we want to become embedded within this community,” she said.
Located at 190 E. Texas Central Expressway in Harker Heights, this is the first time a Rooms To Go has opened a store so close to a military installation.
“We didn’t know how the community was going to receive us, especially with people being furloughed with the government shutdown, but the response has been great so far,” Pina said.
To show its support for the local community, the store will donate a portion of the showroom’s opening sales to the Military Child Education Coalition in Harker Heights.
“We were just blown away when Rooms To Go contacted us saying they wanted us to be a part of their grand opening,” said Michael Gravens, communication director for the MCEC. “Their donation will help to fund our student and parent programs in the high schools and middle schools.”
Estefanie Deleon, a Harker Heights resident, said she came to the grand opening purely out of curiosity.
“We came to just look around and check the store out, but now we are thinking about getting a new bedroom set for ourselves and for our daughter because the prices are so reasonable,” Deleon said. “If I were a kid, I would ask to be grounded and sent to my room if I had a room like the ones they have set up here.”
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.