New Robb & Stucky opening Jan. 12 in Fort Myers

Expecting bargains, a crowd of people wait outside the Robb & Stucky furniture store off of U.S. 41 in Naples on a Friday morning in March. Tracy Miguel-Navarro/Staff

Expecting bargains, a crowd of people wait outside the Robb & Stucky furniture store off of U.S. 41 in Naples on a Friday morning in March. Tracy Miguel-Navarro/Staff

A historic Southwest Florida furniture brand has been reborn.

Robb & Stucky International announced Wednesday it will hold the grand opening of a new 60,000-square-foot design studio under new leadership.

The store, 13170 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, will open Thursday, Jan. 12.

"This is a new beginning for a great retail brand," said Steven Lush, president and CEO, in a news release.

"We are reinventing Robb & Stucky with a great team and smart strategies that are relevant for today's consumers."

The new Robb & Stucky will employ many workers from the previous Robb & Stucky, Lush said.

"We look forward to creating many more jobs as our growth continues," he said.

Asian furniture magnate Samuel Kuo, founder and CEO of Samson Holding, acquired the Robb & Stucky name and intellectual properties in 2011.

In November, the former CEO of Robb & Stucky, Clive Lubner, and his son, Daniel Lubner, opened a new furniture showroom in Naples under a new name — Clive Daniel Home.

The 85,000-square-foot store replaced a Robb & Stucky showroom — at 2777 U.S. 41 N., north of Coastland Center mall. The showroom has been transformed inside and out. The Tuscan look is gone. Colors are more vibrant. The furniture is noticeably smaller and there are more affordable options.

Daniel Lubner said he was glad to see that the new owners of Robb & Stucky were hiring the company's former employees, as Clive Daniel did.

"We had a big operation, so if they got some of the people we didn't have room for it's nice that they are working," Lubner said.

He doesn't expect to compete with the Robb & Stucky store in Fort Myers. But Robb & Stucky International does have plans to build a new showroom in downtown Naples. The land has already been purchased near Fifth Avenue South and construction should start in spring, with a planned opening in early 2013, Lush said.

"Our goal in this is to keep the best of what Robb & Stucky had and then to improve on certain other things," he said. "They had beautiful displays. They had outstanding customer service. They had very talented interior designers and they were very involved with their local communities. These are all things we strongly believe in and we will be offering the same services."

The Lubners had hoped to carry on the Robb & Stucky name after it was forced into bankruptcy by its creditors, but were outbid by the new owners on the company's intellectual assets, including its name, logo and client list.

In its first month of operation, Clive Daniel Home passed the million-dollar mark in sales. Daniel Lubner described it as a modest start in a press release.

"It's validation that our product sensibility and moderated price points are what the market was looking for," he said.

Robb & Stucky was founded in 1915 by Virgil Robb and W.R. Lee. Harry Stucky joined the company in 1917 and the company formally became Robb & Stucky in 1925.

Information: (239) 415-2800 and www.RobbStuckyIntl.com.

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