Leading Commercial Furniture Dealer Empire Office Acquires Storr Office Environments of Central Florida Inc. and Storr Office Environments of Florida Inc.

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Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, Inc. (http://www.empireoffice.com), a leading provider of contract furniture solutions, announces the expansion of its Florida operations with the acquisition of Storr Office Environments of Central Florida Inc. and Storr Office Environments of Florida Inc., prominent Steelcase dealers in Central Florida. The acquisition includes certain assets of the Tampa and Orlando Storr locations.

Peter Gaslow stated, “With a strong customer base and impressive track record for successful client engagements, Storr Office Environments’ Florida locations and personnel are an excellent addition to the Empire family."

Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, Inc. (http://www.empireoffice.com), a leading provider of contract furniture solutions, announces the expansion of its Florida operations with the acquisition of Storr Office Environments of Central Florida Inc. and Storr Office Environments of Florida Inc., prominent Steelcase dealers in Central Florida. The acquisition includes certain assets of the Tampa and Orlando Storr locations. The ownership of the Raleigh-Durham and Greensboro locations will remain unchanged.

With this strategic expansion, New York-headquartered Empire Office becomes the premier Steelcase dealer in the Orlando, Tampa and South Florida markets. This latest expansion increases Empire’s total footprint in the state to 165,000 square feet of showroom and warehouse space providing turnkey furniture services to a variety of industries, from large, multi-location Fortune 500 companies to local start-ups, and from hospitals and universities to automotive dealerships and hotels. Empire Office is forecasting 2013 revenue will be in excess of $350 million.

“This acquisition advances Empire’s leadership position in the Florida market,” Peter Gaslow stated. “With a strong customer base and impressive track record for successful client engagements, Storr Office Environments’ Florida locations and personnel are an excellent addition to the Empire family. We see substantial opportunity for the upcoming year and are well-positioned for strong growth.”

This is Empire’s second acquisition of a Steelcase dealer in Florida inside of three years. The first was the 2009 acquisition of Thomas W. Ruff South Florida.

“In recent months, we have seen the launch of our rebranding initiative and new showrooms result in significant positive momentum for our company,” Richard Gulardo, COO, added. “On the heels of this new announcement, we stay focused on delivering a perfect experience for our clients and continuing our support of the Florida market.”

Empire plans to retain General Manager Kyle Doezema in the same capacity, as well as the entire staff of both locations.

About Empire Office, Inc.
Empire Office is the largest commercial furniture dealer in the world, with over 65 years of experience and more than 260 full-time employees across the country. We are the preeminent Steelcase dealer in the United States and support a list of more than 300 manufacturers. But we’re more than just a full-service office furniture dealer. We partner with business leaders, architects and designers to deliver comprehensive, creative, and cost-effective solutions to real business challenges. Our goal is to deliver the perfect office furniture experience from the initial set of drawings to the final installation and punchlist.

About Storr Office Environments
Storr Office Environments is a Steelcase Exemplary Performance Dealer based in Raleigh, NC and has been recognized as one of Raleigh’s fastest growing private companies seven of the last eleven years. In business since 1914, following the sale Storr will retain offices in Raleigh and Greensboro, NC.

For more information
Richard Gulardo, COO, telephone: 212-607-5560
Email: publicrelations(at)empireoffice(dot)com or visit us online at http://www.empireoffice.com

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