- For the last seven months, salesmen at Rhinelander's Slumberland Furniture worked in a dark, cramped warehouse. After crews tore down the old building on Stevens Street, crews were busy building a new building on the old one's footprint. That work took longer than expected, but the new Slumberland will open Saturday.
Newswatch 12 got a walk-through with the owner and store manager Friday. The new building is 19,000 square feet, offering about 2,000 sq.-ft. more than the old showroom. The new building features a more open layout with raised ceilings.
"Night and day [difference]," store manager Jim Gittins said. "We had that temporary little warehouse, we just had a small portion of what Slumberland had to offer. Now we have everything that our size store has."
The store hoped to open in January, but work delays set those plans back. Still, the owner says the wait was worth it.
"It was always here, definitely, we love this community and we didn't want to leave," Jason Hesch said. "We've had the presence here for a long time."
Slumberland has been in Rhinelander since 1997. The grand opening is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Saturday.