About Nebraska Furniture Mart
Nebraska Furniture Mart, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is America’s largest home furnishings store. Since 1937, Nebraska Furniture Mart has been helping customers fill their homes with quality, affordable items that help them achieve the life they want. One of the first and only retailers to sell furniture, flooring, electronics and appliances all under one roof, Nebraska Furniture Mart is famous for their wide variety of products and services, fair prices and steadfast commitment to exceptional customer service.
In addition to home furnishings, Nebraska Furniture Mart offers delivery, installation, interior design, custom orders, online shopping, product protection plans and financing options. With multiple services and styles to fit all budgets, Nebraska Furniture Mart is a one-stop shop for everything home.
Omaha, NE is Nebraska Furniture Mart’s headquarters and flagship store location. Additional locations include Clive, IA, Kansas City, KS, and The Colony, TX (opening in spring 2015). Nebraska Furniture Mart stores comprise over 1 million combined square feet of retail shopping space, and our total staff count will be about 5,200 strong following the opening of The Colony store.
Working at NFM…
Why Nebraska Furniture Mart? Simply put, Nebraska Furniture Mart is different! Besides a unique and fun culture, stability and opportunities galore, it’s our priority to provide our team and their families the lifestyle they want through their employment with Nebraska Furniture Mart. This includes competitive pay and benefits, wellness programs, a rewarding work environment and growth opportunities. In fact, 90% of our leadership is hired from within the company!
In our 77-year history, Nebraska Furniture Mart has never had layoffs. Staff longevity speaks volumes about a company, and proudly we have nearly 900 staff members with 10+ years of employment. Because we take pride in seeing our employees achieve their best, we invest in ongoing growth and development, including Service Plus, Leadership Development, tuition reimbursement and much more!
Nebraska Furniture Mart is a growing company with a fourth location opening in Texas next year. We credit our success to our dedicated, talented team, and we work hard to find team members who share our values. If you are motivated, passionate and wish to be rewarded for your hard work, then Nebraska Furniture Mart is the place for you!
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The Nebraska Furniture Mart Story
Nebraska Furniture Mart is a genuine “American Dream” story. It started in 1917 when Russian immigrant Rose (Gorelick) Blumkin, with little more than a few dollars and a dream, followed her husband Isadore Blumkin to America. Despite her lack of education, she had an innate business sense, helping her husband with his business ventures and making a respectable profit to support their four children.
In 1937, Nebraska Furniture Mart was founded in Omaha, NE in the basement of her husband’s pawn shop. Rose (who later became known as Mrs. B) knew early in life that honesty and integrity would serve her well. The business was founded on her motto “Sell cheap and tell the truth.” She believed in selling at tiny margins and became a proficient furniture bargain hunter by buying from large furniture stores at 5% over cost and still making a profit using her low markup strategy.
Joining his mother in the business in post-war 1946, son Louie contributed immeasurably to the growth and success of the business. A devastating tornado in 1975 caused only a minor blip on the business record of the business. With millions of dollars in damage to the store, Mrs. B and her son simply rebuilt bigger and better, and proudly, never laid off a single employee, something that stands true still today.
Impressed with the success, business savvy and honest dealings of the Blumkins, investor Warren Buffett and Mrs. B used a simple handshake to seal the purchase of 90% of the business for Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway portfolio in 1983. The “Historic Omaha Handshake” plus a simple two-page written agreement were all that were required - no audit of the store’s books, no inventory of its merchandise.
Over the years, the Nebraska Furniture Mart continuously and strategically focused on growth, opening new stores, launching e-commerce and continuing to be an innovator in the retail industry. Today Nebraska Furniture Mart, now operated by Mrs. B’s two grandsons Irv Blumkin and Ron Blumkin, is America’s largest home furnishings store, selling furniture, flooring, appliances and electronics.