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What You Have Come To Expect From BILTRITE
1928: BILTRITE Furniture is founded by Irwin Kerns as an upholstery shop on 3rd and Garfield in Milwaukee. This location sold custom-made sofas for $1000 and created BILTRITE’s reputation for better quality furniture that has carried on for four generations. While BILTRITE no longer builds its own furniture, the furniture now sold at BILTRITE comes from brand name companies, the vast majority of which are manufactured in the USA and Canada.
1929: Irwin Kerns and his wife Frieda give birth to their daughter, Claire. The Great Depression hits the country, but BILTRITE finds a way to grow by developing its business plan of selling quality furniture with value, selection, and service at the lowest price to stay in business. Eighty three years later, BILTRITE has weathered through many changes in the economy by following this same plan and is the oldest family furniture store in Milwaukee.
1948: BILTRITE moves to 723 West Mitchell Street.
1950: Mort K. marries Claire K. and begins to work at BILTRITE.
1964: Marty K., Mort K. and Claire K.’s son, begins to help out on weekends.
1977: Marty K. marries Gail K. and she becomes a part of the third generation of BILTRITE.
1987: Maureen K., Marty K.’s sister, leaves her law practice to join her brother and father as they begin to expand on Mitchell Street.
1989: BILTRITE acquires an additional building on Mitchell Street and remodels to connect four buildings, including the old Park movie theater and the A & P, as one large, multi-level store.
1994: BILTRITE becomes a founding member of Furniture 1st, a billion dollar buying group that helps independent retailers across the country pass savings onto consumers as well as compete with national chains.
2001: Randi K., 4th Generation, graduates from High Point University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and a minor in Art. High Point University is the only college in the country that offers a Home Furnishings Program connected to the furniture industry. She returns to Milwaukee to rejoin the family business.
2004: Brad K., 4th Generation, graduates from High Point University with Bachelors’ Degrees in Home Furnishings Marketing, Home Furnishings Management and Business Administration. He returns to Milwaukee to rejoin the family business.
2005: BILTRITE purchases land in Greenfield to build a new facility.
2006: BILTRITE relocates to the new 65,000 sq. ft. location, and Randi K. becomes BILTRITE’s spokesperson.
2008: BILTRITE celebrates their 80th Anniversary.
2009: BILTRITE begins to carry Amish furniture made in Holmes County, Ohio, which is home the largest Amish population in the country.
2011: BILTRITE celebrates their 5th year in the new Greenfield location.
2012: BILTRITE is honored at the Better Business Bureau’s 100th anniversary celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
2013: BILTRITE celebrates their 85th year in business and 7th year in the new location in Greenfield in March. In October, BILTRITE Furniture adds a new generation to its family when Randi, 4th Generation Family Member, welcomed, Jordan, BILTRITE’s 5th Generation Family Member.
2014: Mort K., a 2nd Generation Family Member passed away at the age of 85. He helped to transform BILTRITE into the store that it is today. Sarah K., a 4th Generation Family member joined our sales team. We also welcomed our store mascot, Kugel!
2015: BILTRITE sends members of our sales team to visit our Amish builders in Holmes County, OH to get on site training for our Amish Made furniture.
2016: BILTRITE celebrates 10 successful years in our Greenfield location. In March, BILTRITE Furniture adds a new generation to its family when Brad and Sarah, 4th Generation Family Members, welcomed, Simon, BILTRITE’s 5th Generation Family Member and in October BILTRITE sets new store hours with Sunday closed to be with family!
2017: BILTRITE wins BEST FURNITURE AND BEST MATTRESS STORE for Shepherd Express’s Best of Milwaukee, A-List and JSOnline’s Top Choice Awards. BILTRITE updates their showroom with adding rustic modern reclaimed walls near the entrance and fresh new paint colors throughout store. The new store hours of Sunday closed to be with family is working and many new and old customers are coming to our store because our new friendly family store hours.
2018: BILTRITE celebrates 90 years in business and 4th generation Randi K. is recognized as a leader as a as a member of the 40 under 40 classes for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Home Furnishings Business and Home Furnishings Now! In October, BILTRITE Furniture adds a new generation to its family when Randi, 4th Generation Family Member, welcomed, Sloan, BILTRITE’s 5th Generation Family Member. BILTRITE wins BEST FURNITURE AND BEST MATTRESS STORE for Shepherd Express’s Best of Milwaukee and JSOnline’s Top Choice Awards.
The BILTRITE Family and their employees are dedicated to having a positive impact on the Greater Milwaukee Area, particularly the Greenfield community in which the store is now located.
BILTRITE has contributed gift certificates to charitable raffles for numerous schools, volunteer organizations and religious institutions. BILTRITE also employs members of the Grand Avenue Club and makes direct financial contributions to organizations including:
United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Grand Avenue Club Milwaukee, Homeless Veterans Initiative, Susan G. Komen For The Cure Southeast Wisconsin, Dan Jensen Family Festival, City of Greenfield 50th Anniversary, Greenfield Police Dept. Special Victim Interview Room- Furnishings Donated, Greenfield Police K9 Unit, Greenfield High School Booster Club, The New Greenfield Library- Home Furnishings Section donated by BILTRITE, Local Churches, Non-Profits, and many many more!
September 30, 2015 – Thank you Jerry for accepting this award from Mayor Tom Barrett for our continuing support of the Grand Avenue Club Employment program. The Grand Avenue Club is a non profit organization that helps individuals with mental illness to find employment. Jerry is a member of GAC and has been our head custodian since 2009!
Why BILTRITE? Why Not!
Why BILTRITE? We’ve built our specialties around your needs since 1928! Locally & Family owned for 4 generations with hands on family members, our specialties include affordable better quality furniture and mattresses and a large selection of USA and Amish made furniture including Small Scale Furniture. We have knowledgeable, experienced sales associates, personal service, in store design services and a huge selection of furniture for every room of your home along with competitive pricing!
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From the moment I walked into the store I felt relaxed and so welcomed. My sales lady Char answered my many questions and offered solutions for my needs. The quality of my new furniture is “Outstanding” and incredibly comfortable and for the perfect price. When delivered as promised the delivery men were so wonderful. They put things together and cleaned up after themselves, they were so nice to talk to. When employee’s have such wonderful things to say about who they work for, that to me speaks volumes. A huge plus for me was the fact that they also hire individuals with special needs.Cathy Busalaachi
We just left and had a great experience. Very knowledgeable and helpful without the pressure to buy. We bought a mattress and they found the perfect match to what we needed and got a great price. Thank you! – Christine Schultz Daleness