By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Looking for quality and customer service when purchasing furniture, appliances and home decorations? Come to downtown LaFollette and shop at Wender Furniture, a family-owned business that has been selling quality furniture for more than 80 years. Owned and operated by Tom Robards and his son Tommy, the business has been in the family since it began by Tommy’s great uncle John J. Wender.
Originally a dry goods/general store when it first opened in the 1930s, Wenders sold a little bit of everything, with the furniture located in the upstairs part of the building.
“I have had women come in here and tell me they bought everything from their wedding dresses to their first appliance from my great uncle John J.,” Tommy Robards said. Tommy’s grandfather Needham Robards and his uncle John J. had married sisters and after John J. opened up the business, Needham came down to help out with it, according to Tommy. Later on, Tommy’s father and grandfather bought the business from John J. The business became primarily a furniture and home décor store in the early 1940s according to Tom Robards.
Wender’s has everything, whether it’s a stylish sofa for your living room, a new bed and mattress, a table and chair set for your dining room, appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, patio and outdoor furniture or even game room furniture.
Wender’s offers a great selection of furniture and has it in stock and ready for immediate delivery. The store also has an impressive selection of styles, brands, colors and patterns to decorate your home.
“We have quality products and a price for everybody,” Tommy Robards said.
Currently Wender’s is having a mattress sale on mattresses made in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Wender Furniture is located at 204 E. Central Avenue at red light # 8 in downtown LaFollette. The store also provides free local delivery. For more information, call 423-562-2293 or shop online. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/22/2021-6AM)