The National Buyer Appreciation Award was handed out for the 60th time last week, with a bit of irony.
It was in the fall of 1989 that the award was given for the first time at the Tupelo Furniture Market, and it’s been given out twice a year since.
The first award went to Nebraska Furniture Mart from Omaha. On Thursday, the award went to 7 Day Furniture and Mattress store of Omaha.
“Every time we come here we find something new — we love coming here,” said Randy Kush, the son of company founder Rod Kush. “It’s a great market, with good people, and we always find something that helps our business.
Rod Kush started Furniture on Consignment in 1987, eventually growing his furniture business into 10 locations in the 1990s and mid 2000s.
After the recession, Kush scaled back the operation to one store and renamed it 7 Day Furniture and Mattress Store at the original location of Furniture on Consignment.
Another location opened in Lincoln in 2009, and today the two locations employ 65 people.