Jay Albert opened his first furniture store in 1961 in Bristol, Connecticut, with the idea of offering quality furniture at a lower price.
Jay’s son, Mike, learned the business from the ground up, working in the store on weekends and holidays from the time he was in grade school. Mike became the CEO in 1984.
The company decided to expand to a second location in 2001 when a Levitz store went out of business. Pilgrim has since expanded to 4 locations in Southington, Milford, Manchester, and Danbury, Connecticut.
Pilgrim Furniture is well-known in the community for sponsoring events such as the United Way, the YMCA, Relay for Life, the East Farmington Fire Department, Ronald McDonald House, and Toys for Tots.
The company offers free same-day delivery for orders placed before 3 PM.
Pilgrim Furniture City maintains a corporate office in Southington, Connecticut.