Urbandale’s retail and service businesses continue to enhance Urbandale’s quality of living. Locally-owned shops and national chains provide everything professionals need to check off their personal and professional to-do lists.
Homemakers Furniture is a furniture, mattress and home accessory retailer. The company makes a significant impact on Urbandale with hundreds of thousands of square feet of showroom, corporate headquarters and warehouse all under one roof. In addition, Homemakers employs 345 people – a dramatic increase from 1974, when founders Carl and Ina Merschman opened Homemakers Furniture in Des Moines with just 10 employees. As the business grew, the company moved to Urbandale in 1985. “This is a pinnacle location,” said Suzy Emmack, Director of Marketing and Advertising. “Not only does it offer great accessibility next to the crux of Interstates 80 and 35, but it provides room to grow.” In 2015, Homemakers constructed a 120,000 square-foot warehouse (the third expansion in six years). Homemakers appreciates Urbandale city leaders’ willingness to work with the company as it expands.