Why Big-Box Chains Are Suddenly Getting Into the Furniture Business

On the heels of Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond really wants to furnish your living room

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Last April, Bed Bath & Beyond began to quietly expand the square footage of furniture displays (“vignettes,” it calls them) at its thousand-plus locations in North America. On a call with analysts, CEO Steve Temares explained that “the goal of this pilot includes raising awareness of our growing furniture business,” adding that the stores will be showcasing “real furniture, not utilitarian furniture.”

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