The Saturday Oklahoman contains a list of city building permits, and this was at the top yesterday:
Anyone who’s watched more than twenty minutes of television in this town in the last thirty years will recognize that address as the headquarters of Mathis Brothers Furniture:
In 1960, the Mathis brothers, Don and Bud, revolutionized the furniture business with everyday low prices, which meant customers didn’t have to wait for a “sale.” As they said at the time, “we took a little less, so our neighbors could have a little more.” The concept was a spectacular success, helping Mathis Brothers become one of the largest independent furniture retailers in America.
When Don and Bud started their store, they were southwest of downtown, on Western south of Reno. The trip to the suburbs was more or less inevitable.
They’ve since grown to four locations, two in Oklahoma and two more in Southern California. Still, it boggles the mind to contemplate a remodel of a furniture store that costs nine million dollars.
And current spokesguy Rit Mathis, grandson of one of the original Mathises, started a blog back in 2012, but apparently hasn’t had time to maintain it. He also enjoys egg status on Twitter.