Just in time for the holidays, a newcomer to Shawnee's retail offerings –– FFO Home –– has just announced that it's ready for the rush of shoppers.

Just in time for the holidays, a newcomer to Shawnee's retail offerings –– FFO Home –– has just announced that it's ready for the rush of shoppers.

The grand opening of its seventh store in Oklahoma and 39th companywide is set with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m. Friday at the store site.

In June, plats were approved by the city and crews began building a Furniture Factory Outlet (FFO) store on two acres directly east of Walmart and just north of Holiday Inn Express, at 4939 N. Union Ave.

FFO Home President Larry Zigerelli said he is excited to be bringing his company to Shawnee.

“We're not a big-city chain,” he said. “We look for cities, like Shawnee, where we can add something to the community. We feel like it's a perfect fit for us.”

He said his company strives to become involved in the communities they are located in.

“We focus on customers, community, business and charity,” he said. “This has served us well.”

Zigerelli said his company plans to connect with the local Chamber and charities.

“We like to hire local people to run our stores. This location will likely employ 10-12 people,” he said.

Until now, the company's presence has been limited to the Tulsa area. With this move, he said, FFO Home is entering the Oklahoma City market.

He said the Shawnee site has been progressing alongside a planned Stillwater location.

Previously, Zigerelli had said his intention was to open both stores by the end of the year –– as long as the weather cooperated –– but construction at the Shawnee site has clearly finished ahead of schedule. It will open Friday, a full week before Black Friday.

“We're very excited,” he said.

The Shawnee business will offer a 17,000-square-foot showroom, with another 8,000 square feet used as a warehouse –– 25,360 square feet total.

Zigerelli said his business is growing very fast.

“We are opening at least one store every quarter,” he said.

Founded 30 years ago, the company opened its first store in Fort Smith in 1984 (known then as Furniture Factory Outlet), and has grown across the five-state area of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

FFO Home opened its first store in Texas Nov. 4 and is opening a store in Paragould, Ark., on Friday along with the new Shawnee location.

Also, the Stillwater site is set to open in December.

FFO sells living room, dining room, bedroom furniture, mattresses and home accessories, the website states.

Dealer cancellations, factory over-runs, factory close-outs and bankrupt stock are among ways the outlet store purchases furniture.

“We do not offer delivery trucks. This is one of the ways we're able to save customers money. But we are able to help arrange affordable and reliable delivery through third-parties in your local area,” the site states.

For more information, visit ffohome.com.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.