American Signature Furniture Company was founded in 1948 in Columbus, Ohio, by Ephraim.L. Schottenstein. Schottenstein already had a successful clothing store, so he applied the same principles to his furniture store. Beginning by selling furniture out of the basement of his department store, Schottenstein realized that he would need a larger location. The original name of the company was Value City Furniture, the name was changed to American Signature in 2002.
In 1950, Ephraim’s son Jerome begins buying upholstery and bedding manufacturing sites.
In the early 1970’s, Jerome’s son Jay purchases a distribution center which has more than 20,000 square feet of space.
The company is a no longer a subsidiary of Schottenstein stores, although the Schottenstein stores carry the American Signature brand of furniture. Currently, there are 126 furniture locations, mainly in the Midwest, East Coast and Southeastern parts of the US. The company announced the launch of the American Signature Furniture brand in 2003. Value City Furniture stores also carry the American Signature brand.
In 2017, the company announced that it was going to focus on “made to mix” furniture pieces that work well with one another, rather than focus on matching sets of furniture.
American Signature Furniture is still owned by the Schottenstein family, with headquarters and 3 manufacturing plants based in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to their retail locations, the company has an active eCommerce store, where items can be purchased. The company employs more than 4,000 persons.