HENDERSON, NV — Just months after the big box department chain retailer Kmart closed one of its Henderson brick-and-mortar locations, a store entirely new to the Las Vegas valley has occupied its place.
At Home, a retail chain specializing in home decor products, has expanded to the state of Nevada with its location at 10405 S. Eastern Avenue, near the Horizon Ridge Parkway. It held its grand opening last July 29.
“We carry over 50,000 items and we average about 400 new items per week,” said Marcus Williams, the store director of At Home Henderson. “Our mission is to affordably make a house a home for everyone.”
What makes it distinct from other home decor chain stores? Williams said that the Plano, Texas-based company significantly larger than most and also has a wide variety of products.
“For example, you’re looking for a new blue pillow for your sofa. You go to the competition, they maybe have one, two, three, four styles. We probably have 40 different styles of blue pillows,” Williams added. “We carry a complete line of tabletop decor, lamps, wall decor from picture frames to art to clocks, mirrors, seasonal, patio, Christmas.”
At Home — which claims to be the largest home decor superstore — started in Texas dating back in 1979 as Garden Ridge before renaming the company to “At Home” back in 2014. The majority of its chain stores are located in Texas and the southeast of United States, but there are four locations in Phoenix and another four in Utah, with stores in 33 states.
In an location such as the Las Vegas valley, many people move in the area from all over the country and may already be familiar with the aforementioned store.
At Home, which went public in 2016 in NYSE, is continuing to make footprints despite other big box stores closing, such as the Kmart that the Henderson city location it took over.
“At Home has found a real niche in the marketplace with the selection of what we carry of home decor. We just came out through a tough time economically in our country,” Williams further explained. “People were spending more and more time at home. I think people just realized that if you can make that house a home, you can be very comfortable, you know your life is just that much more enjoyable.”
Some of the nearly half of the Kmart employees who had lost their jobs earlier this year are now part of the At Home. There are 30 employees so far in At Home Henderson location and Williams plans on expanding his team.
Nevada’s first At Home is more than 140,000 square feet and offers over 50,000 home décor items from furniture, mirrors, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop and seasonal items, including more than 100 different Christmas tree varieties. The Henderson At Home is one of more than 25 new store openings this year.