2777 U.S. 41 N.
Alina and Jim Luccio just couldn't wait another day. Friday, the store – Clive Daniel Home – will open quietly, with a "grand" opening scheduled for January.
The Luccios peeked in the windows Thursday, then stepped inside when they found an unlocked door.
"I loved everything about the building when I drove by," said Alina Luccio, 53.
She liked what she found inside even better. "I've found great styles at great prices," she said.
A designer in the store was eager to help. The couple spied a Nautica black armoire they liked and Jim Luccio, 60, stretched his tape measure across it to see how it would fit in their bedroom. They're building a retirement home in Royal Harbor and they're searching for casual furniture and accessories to fill it.
Though Clive Daniel Home is new, Alina Luccio said she shopped at the Robb & Stucky furniture store that it replaced. She first discovered the store as Robb & Stucky, which was headquartered in Fort Myers, was having its going-out-of-business sales, after succumbing to bankruptcy earlier this year.
Clive Lubner, who grew Robb & Stucky's revenues from $2 million a year to $270 million as its CEO, has combined forces with his son, Daniel, to create the new furnishings business.
The 85,000-square-foot store – at 2777 U.S. 41 N., north of Coastland Center mall – has been transformed inside and out. The Tuscan look is gone. Colors are more vibrant.
"We've really cleaned it up. We've added a lot of features to make it more contemporary," said Daniel Lubner, CEO of the Lubner Group.
Clive Daniel is a division of the Lubner Group.
The furniture in the store is noticeably smaller and "not as heavy as the Tuscan of yesteryear," Daniel Lubner said. He describes it as "much more approachable." There's a touch of whimsical and there are eye-popping, fun pieces, such as a bright orange rocking chair made from seat belts.
While Robb & Stucky catered mostly to high-end shoppers, Clive Daniel Home offers a broader range of prices and styles.
"The styles are what we believe Southwest Florida has been looking for," Daniel Lubner said.
There are more manufacturers represented in the store. New ones include Hickory White, Skyline Designs, Belle Meade and Ralph Lauren.
Some of the manufacturers sent representatives to the store Thursday. They seemed impressed.
"This looks better than the old Robb & Stucky," said Bob Brown, a sales representative for Sherrill Furniture, a well-known manufacturer. "It's spectacular."
Within the store, there are "shops." There are separate areas where clients can shop for lighting, flooring, accent rugs, custom cabinets, home theaters, sofas, patio furniture, art and even jewelry.
The accent rugs come from all around the world and they're competitively priced, said Moeen Mehri, the rug gallery manager. They're made from the finest quality of wool – spring wool, he said, adding that "it's the cleanest."
The store sells antique reproductions, including a cabinet that once held horse saddles and ended up inside a home. "Every piece has its own story," Daniel Lubner said.
In the store, the Lubners have coined a new word, "sofalizing," which they define as visiting friends from the comfort of your couch. The word hangs over an area where clients can pick the fabric, legs and arm rests for their couch.
There's a custom framing shop and a home boutique. The jewelry had yet to arrive Thursday, but Daniel Lubner promised it would be "fun, funky and fresh."
The store will sell local art, as well as more well-known art.
Clive Daniel Home wants to be a one-stop-shop, offering design services for the home inside and out, including landscaping and outdoor kitchens.
The store has its own contractors, who can redesign from the floor up, or just build a custom closet.
The store will have a wine bar and a cafe, selling coffee and sweet treats. There's a "chat room" available for community groups that are not religious or political.
Upstairs, the store sells recliners and mattresses and there's a resource area for designers, which includes fabrics, flooring samples and furniture catalogs. The store has nearly 60 employees. Many of them worked for Robb & Stucky. Robert Lamb worked as a designer for Robb & Stucky for almost nine years in Boca Raton. He's now part of Clive Daniel, which he describes as a "destination store" for any design project.
"This is going to knock them over in the Naples market," Lamb said. "I haven't seen this before and I've been in the business a long time. This has got it all."
Lubner likens the experience at Clive Daniel to visiting an Apple store because customers will come to poke around and play around, not just to shop.
"We hope this is the place people want to hang out."
Connect with Laura Layden at www.naplesnews.com/staff/laura_layden.