Havertys Furniture was founded by brothers J.J. and Michael Haverty in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1885. The company did so well that within 3 years, the brothers moved the store to a larger location. By 1908, the company had 17 locations.
J.J’s son Clarence, who grew up sweeping the floors, wanted to be a bigger part of the business. His father gave him 8 locations and immediately began building new stores south of Atlanta.
Today, Havertys is one of the biggest names in furniture in the southern part of the US, with more than 100 locations in 16 states. The company went public in 1929 and barely survived the Great Depression.
In April 2018, the Sherman, Texas, location closed after being in business for more than 30 years. Employees were offered employment at other locations.
In October 2018, the company posted third-quarter profits of more than 39%.
Headquarters for the company remain in Atlanta, Georgia.