Hooker Furniture’s HMI Division to Open Central Distribution Center in Georgia

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Home Meridian International (HMI), a division of Hooker Furniture Corporation based here, will consolidate its East Coast warehousing operations in a new 800,000-square-foot distribution facility in Liberty County, Georgia strategically located near the Port of Savannah. The state-of-the-art distribution center is expected to be fully operational by Fall of 2021, the company said. The division also maintains a West Coast distribution facility in Redlands, CA which is expected to be unaffected by the East Coast consolidation.

HMI maintains locations around the world, with brands under its portfolio including Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, Prime Resources International, Accentrics Home, and HMIdea. The Liberty County facility is strategically located to reach nearly all of the U.S. population within 36 hours, reducing transportation costs, and increasing operating efficiencies. The location’s proximity to the Port of Savannah played a major role in

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‘It’s a tough time right now’: Central Georgia gym and fitness center owners optimistic about future

Even with the green light from Kemp, gyms are struggling to stay open with the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines in place.

Governor Brian Kemp gave gyms and fitness centers the green light to open back up at the end of April.

On Tuesday, 13WMAZ spoke with two business owners to see how things have been going.

Gina Heaton is a member at Max Fitness in Warner Robins and she says she’s happy to be back in the gym.

“I love to exercise, it’s my outlet. It’s a stress reliever… especially with everything going on,” Heaton said.

The owner, Tom Crawford, says they have new guidelines and safety measures in place.

“Separation on all our treadmills and cardio. It’s every other piece of equipment to give the six-foot. We ask all members and guests to please wipe down equipment, but we come right behind them doing the same thing,” he said.

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