Trying to read up on the legacy of Marlo Furniture can be rather difficult. The company’s site doesn’t have much about their past, which is a shame considering they are a dominating presence in the area around Washington, D.C. and have been so for many years. The company has a rich history of success in the region.
Marlo Furniture began in 1955 under the name Ali Baba, when they began a used furniture store. This was only the beginning though as by 1963, they had established a showroom in Washington, D.C and taken the name Marlo, a combination of the founders Marilyn and Lou’s first names. With a new location under their belt, the company was able to attract more customers and power more sales to help their company expand further.
Every few years, Marlo opened another location with a new store in Forestville, Maryland opening in 1972 and another in Alexandria, Virginia in 1980. These stores were tremendous in size, packing in over 180,000 square feet of complex at each location. With such a large size, Marlo Furniture’s stores dominated the region, ranking as the largest volume furniture stores in the Mid-Atlantic.
Two more locations followed suit with one in Laurel, Maryland in 1989, and another in Rockville, Maryland in 1995. With these locations, Marlo has powered itself to the title of largest furniture retailer in the Mid-Atlantic, and is also recognized as one of the top 50 retailers in the country. Even with just four locations, they’ve been able to build a strong enough presence to power tons of sales.
One of the main advantages that Marlo Furniture has, is that with such huge stores, they can offer literally everything for you to buy. As a result, they have a great clearance section where they can sell cancelled orders or overproduced products at low prices. These different deals they offer are called Smart Buys and are probably one of the most popular sections of the store.
Overall, Marlo Furniture is a massive presence in the area around Washington, D.C. and despite being in the top 50 around the country, has continued to maintain a low key presence. If you’ve been to one of their stores, let us know as we’d love to get your opinions on their brand.