FLINT — Godwin’s was honored as “Retailer of the Year” at the 20th Annual Furniture Industry Awards Gala on April 20.
Retailer of the Year is the highest honor given by sales representatives within the retail home furnishings community. It recognizes retailers who have distinguished themselves through industry leadership, business achievement and service to their communities.
Godwin’s is a member of Furniture First, the group recipient of the award. This year is the first in which multiple retailers united as a buying group were honored.
Godwin’s has been a member of Furniture First since 1996. Furniture First is a cooperative of 217 family-owned furniture retailers, operating more than 456 stores. These stores work together as a group to bring outstanding values and exclusive products to their communities in 47 states. The group’s buying power boosts the furniture values these retailers can offer.
Godwin’s was founded in Saginaw in 1948.
It is still family owned and operated with the second, third and fourth generations actively involved. Godwin’s now has locations in Saginaw, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Owosso, Flint, Linwood, Lapeer and Bad Axe.
The qualifications for membership in the national buying group result in a high-quality cooperative. Furniture First only accepts stores that are fullline independents. Most members, whether they have a single storefront or a chain of locations, serve the solid middle market of consumers.
A gala dinner was held April 20 during the High Point Furniture Market to honor the award winners. The award was presented by the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA), an organization of over 2,000 independent manufacturer’s representatives and retailers who work together to support the industry’s educational, financial, regulatory and charitable interests. — G.G.