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Urban Home is back

One year after closing, furniture shop reopens in larger space on the westside

Posted: May 14, 2010 3:44 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2010 3:35 p.m.

Nicolas Martin, general manager for Urban Home, makes a short speech before a grand-opening ribbon cutting, Thursday afternoon at the furniture store's new Stevenson Ranch location.

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Urban Home is back in business in the Santa Clarita Valley, almost one year to the day after closing its doors to relocate.

On Friday, company General Manager Nicolas Martin whipped out a pair of giant novelty scissors for a ribbon cutting at Urban
Home's new location in the Valencia Marketplace in Stevenson Ranch.

Previously located in Saugus - in the space where Trader Joe's resides - Urban Home has settled into a 25,000-square-foot space previously occupied by a Levitz furniture store.

With five stores in the Southland, Urban Home's offerings would be at home in stores like Crate & Barrel, albeit in a more budget-friendly price range.

While several furniture stores in the SCV folded in the face of the recession, Urban Home never lost steam, marketing director Jan Hall said.

"We grew more then than we ever anticipated," she said. "It's because of the low prices."

Hall said it took about four months to prepare the Stevenson Ranch location for business.

"This store happened very, very quickly," she said, and added crews worked practically 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get the store ready.

Given its eclectic style and offerings, Urban Home continues to garner business from the film industry, Hall said.

"Disney must have 100 of our (leather Jersey lounge chairs)," she said.

Urban Home started 12 years ago as One World Imports in Santa Barbara, Hall said.

In addition to the SCV, there are Urban Home shops in Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, Westlake and Oxnard.

When it comes to future growth, Hall said there are no limitations.

"I think this company will grow to amazing numbers in the next 10 years," she said.


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