Home Depot recalls 3,100 Windsor dining chairs

ATLANTA – Home improvement retailer Home Depot has recalled about 3,100 Windsor dining chairs due to a potential fall hazard.

The recall involves the StyleWell Wood Windsor Dining Chairs. While no injuries have been reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there have been 17 reports of the chair back detaching from the base.

It has advised consumers to immediately stop using the recalled chairs and inspect them for missing screw holes and wood screws on the underside of the chair seat base. The company also is contacting all known purchasers directly to provide instructions on how to inspect the chairs for flaws.

The chairs were sold in sets of two in black, natural wood, red and white, and have eight vertical backrest spindles. The chair seat base is 17.5 inches wide by 17.5 inches deep and is 17 inches tall. The chair back is about 19 inches wide and 18 inches tall from the top of the chair seat base and each chair weighs about 15 pounds.

The CPSC said only chairs without screw holes and wood screws on the rear underside of the chair seat base are included in the recall.

Made in China and imported by Home Depot Product Authority of Atlanta, the chair sets were sold online  at www.homedepot.com from September 2019 through January 2021 for about $150.

For additional information, consumers can call Home Depot at (800) 466-3337 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday. Or visit www.homedepot.com and click on the product recalls tab.

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Belk completes financial restructuring in one-day turnaround

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Belk has completed a pre-packaged, one-day financial restructuring, the Southern department store chain announced earlier this week. It said it has the backing of majority owner Sycamore Partners and from its existing lenders and that suppliers and landlords will be paid in full as normal operations continue in stores and online.

As a result of the restructuring, Belk has received $225 million of new capital, significantly reduced its debt by approximately $450 million and extended maturities on all term loans to July 2025.

The company had announced its plans to file for bankruptcy last month. It did so on Tuesday, according to multiple reports, and completed its restructuring plan on Wednesday.

belk furniture web pageBelk said the cash infusion and debt reduction allows it to focus on its key growth initiatives, including enhancing its omnichannel capabilities and expanding its merchandise offerings “into new, relevant product categories,” including home.

“We are pleased to have received nearly unanimous support from all of our stakeholders to complete this restructuring in just one day, positioning us to pursue our growth initiatives and move the company forward from a strengthened financial foundation,” said CEO Lisa Harper, adding, “We have a bright future ahead, and I’m looking forward to growing our more than 130-year legacy as a trusted retailer for many years to come.”

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Meble Polska goes virtual for May show

hd-meble2021_grip_1280x1440_enPOZNAN, Poland – Major eastern European furniture tradeshow Meble Polska, set for May 24-28, will now take place in a digital virtual format. The concurrent Home Décor expo also converted from an in-person to a virtual event.

In November, the shows’ organizer, MTP Group, announced the 2021 events, originally scheduled for February, would postpone until May. As with many tradeshows, however, the ongoing pandemic led to the decision to convert to a virtual event.

“As a result of the pandemic, holding the trade fair in the traditional formula is not possible this year,” said Meble Polska Director Józef Szyszka. “Therefore the MTP Group has prepared an alternative solution that will allow the representatives of the furniture and interiors business from all over the world to meet online and hold talks without the health risks related to direct contact and traveling.”

The Meble Polska & Home Décor Online editions will be organized using an intuitive web platform relying upon artificial intelligence to match business partners. After registration, the application will recommend potential partners and save the arranged meetings in the calendar synchronized with Google and Outlook. Manufacturers who will present their offerings during the event will have an opportunity to reach new furniture buyers from all over the world as well as manage relations with existing customers.

Meble Polska & Home Décor Online also will be an opportunity to broaden industry knowledge with a series of lectures and webinars on furniture importing from Poland. The latest trends in interior design can be followed during the live broadcast from Bloggers Zone.

“MTP Group currently is finalizing adaptation of the tool to the specific needs resulting from the nature of the event,” Szyszka added. “Soon we will be able to present to the exhibitors details of the terms of participation.”

More detailed information will be available soon at meblepolska.pl and homedecor.pl.

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Target launches Levi’s for Target licensed collection

MINNEAPOLIS – Target this weekend is launching its new Levi’s for Target licensed collection that includes furniture, apparel, pillows, blankets, table ware and pet accessories.

The 100-plus-piece collection includes several furniture items merchandised under the Levi’s for Target Dwelling segment. These include bean bag chairs, ottomans, a butterfly chair, a folding accent stool and a bar cart.

These retail from a starting price point of $50 for an ottoman in a blue denim-toned fabric, to $150 each for the metal and wood bar cart and Sherpa butterfly chair. The collection also includes a few 2′ by 3′ scatter rugs that retail for $25 each.

The company said the line will be available in most Target stores and at www.target.com starting Feb. 28. The assortment also will be available via Target’s contactless same-day pickup options including drive up and order pickup.

Target also sells a licensed line called Hearth & Hand with Magnolia that includes furniture. The line is developed in partnership with Magnolia Home by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

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Sealy unveils 50+ mattresses, revamps Posturepedic line

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After bringing back its iconic Posturepedic line of mattresses last year, the Sealy bedding brand is introducing a three-tiered product mix that features more than 50 models and represents Sealy’s largest introduction in its history.

The portfolio includes Sealy Essentials, Posturepedic and Posturepedic Plus and includes a range of innerspring, foam and hybrid options. Mattresses in the introduction are priced to retail from $199 to $1,999 in queen to meet a wide range of consumer budgets, according to the company.

The new mattresses include ultra-responsive coils, memory foams and breathable, cool-to-the-touch covers.

The Sealy Posturepedic collection builds on the 70-year history of the line with new features, including motion-absorbing coils, cooling fabrics and Surface-Guard Technology, the company’s EPA-registered antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiallergen treatment that kills bacterial on the mattress surface and protects from common allergens.

“For 140 years, Sealy mattresses have helped millions of people get a great night’s sleep,” said Scott Thompson, Tempur Sealy chairman and CEO.  “We are proud to build on Sealy’s history of delivering unrivaled support, comfort and quality with our latest innovations, a new generation of Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, and a streamlined Sealy portfolio that is designed to make the shopping experience easier for consumers and the retailers helping them.”

Last year, the company announced that the Posturepedic Plus line, formerly Sealy Premium, is the best in its good-better-best lineup. The Sealy Essentials line is the opening price point line for the Sealy brand.

The company said the new models have begun to launch at retailers, and additional models will be introduced throughout the year.

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