History


1902 5063ac94db487daaa2ad0c5673aac348043f853a9139a35b01d0208704cbdd78
1902

Charles Wolf and partner John Fox start City Furniture Company in downtown Altoona, PA

1915 0d6b1767c93e7c90ac2fe5e09a990ef9baeced85a9078c18fed6305cf325837f
1915

Charles Wolf buys out Fox's interest and begins construction on a five story building at 1501 11th Avenue called Wolf Furniture Company.It is the largest furniture store between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

1918 6c5cf503c61fef7f8ab4006c0ba3d1d70417ff2741a4a8ac6f25759063ce8044
1918

Flu epidemic hits U.S. Over 250,000 people die including Charles Wolf, age 54. His widow, Annie C., mother of five, faces major responsibility including a substantial mortgage on the recently constructed building.

1920 c4440f9aa73ff50839adea2063b600780246e6a9f2788866a548e53ee4a6a5f2
1920's

George A. and Herbert T. Wolf, oldest sons of the founder, develop a partnership that would last for fifty years.

1930 5777c46c9de2cbddd6c8ceb137239688392e94b0e29df842c0156b34303549d5
1930's

Depression era spreads across the country. The Wolf brothers' adapt by offering an easy credit plan and affordable furniture. The business survives and begins expanding locations to industrial towns in Central PA.

1940 373f3d7f5ebc1e6d5f56f4cb002218776c411925616f5368f50bcf95587c7ded
1940's

In a period of twelve years, Wolf's opens ten new stores within a 100-mile radius of Altoona.

Employee picnic is held on August 7th, 1941 at Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA.

1970 d3e586bc97f4560ed81ccbe785a32aebe0bdf21ff05f18c7e801fde74a9a2f97
1970's

Company experiments with new approach to marketing to target a changing consumer. Wolf's opens Today's Living division and operates 27 stores in 3 states.

1992 c8e9d161f74483a39ee16510a5fb16aae8d6085ae262907c0f6c87d0eada39d8
1992

Wolf management team evaluates offer for sale of fourteen stores to national chain, NYSE Richmond based Heilig Meyers Company. Company retains three stores: Altoona and Johnstown, PA, and Frederick, MD.

1995 65fff1380bfc4e9b8332ee19ba1fae2b6c4caba7adf22f10709a572b2dcbccc4
1995

New strategy headed by 4th generation management restarts company growth with buyout of Hi Way Furniture in Hagerstown, MD.

1997 03b3a3a38a53e5c052e2434923c54b0b2f66245c0df93de0d5fa0a521be6d9b9
1997

Wolf's re-enters Centre County market with buyout of Johnson Furniture location on Benner Pike.

1999 26b127076528c1a5c111121a98ebb5a0e7a3eb0202aafbd8c7180a832084432e
1999

Wolf acquires the first location east of Susquehanna river with the opening of 60,000 sq. ft., two story location off Interstate 283 in Swatara Township, Harrisburg. First Wolf store with escalator.

2000 7fde8d21c5806d81f1be1e2660662bd7d0c5bdb862374daaba5f205b8276b0f7
2000

Doug Wolf becomes 8th President of Wolf's.

2002 e478248036a1dfcfd0012fd858a6b9f953d9484027a43c9f827c627450c3811b
2002

Wolf begins centennial year with January opening of 60,000 sq. ft. store in York, PA. A new 80,000 sq. ft. addition to Bellwood warehouse and distribution center provides company opportunity for additional expansion. Company commits to open a 60,000 sq. ft. store in September 2002 in Lancaster, PA.

2003 38bc1c9f8a2c9a26e81c71cfec42356da6cc335b7ec9405ec938dfa951e762cb
2003

Company volume exceeds $70,000,000 and puts Wolf's into Top 100 among U.S. home furnishing retailers.

2004 5abc0d04f76eb1798d7253b474029be5bace584eb1a00fd94737f102e77ca48c
2004

Wolf's open two expanded locations, Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD.

2005 64ed6647a90818c8f20b4d44c54397561ed96a5fe402f7654fc2ef880e2aeb42
2005

Company growth dictates expansion of the corporate office and warehouse to enhance customer service and operations. The Johnstown location is renovated.

2007 e8e09bea5c841a0b9fff05e0bda605f59d199d1dc8ff35555c91c7229b31de97
2007

May 2007 Wolf Furniture in Bellefonte closed and in June, the fabulous new, 50,000 sq. ft., two-story showroom opened in State College.

2008 00f933e1574f1b1b5557700d7793dbe67d9c2706e980b67332acfd18ce5c2328
2008

Wolf Furniture purchases Doc Klunk's Furniture at 371 Eisenhower Drive in Hanover, PA. The store is completely remodeled and renovated to become a proud member of the Wolf Furniture family.

2009 5ae227883800f324df63511261c48c8f9896235ce05f5654a5ca87d12aee6c3c
2009

Wolf Furniture purchases Harmon's Furniture at 480 Gateway Avenue in Chambersburg, PA. The showroom is expanded and remodeled to become the first store in Franklin county.

2010 e86bbd9d5573ef7f57dbbcffefc75910210388ffd7686f9b0516fb7216ee23d1
2010

Wolf Furniture continues to grow in Pennsylvania's capital region with the addition of the Mechanicsburg showroom on the Carlisle Pike.

2012 3224edec9d6d6939862f0ef8584acfd9cdcd004d5a84ada8197af90fc825aa64
2012

Wolf Furniture expands into Northern Virginia with the addition of the Leesburg, VA showroom.

2013 67e2c74af0c4c09ae022f08429f94de1c713cf97206121c3a847570f0340176f
2013

Long time Wolf exec. Gene Stoltz is promoted to President of Wolf Furniture Company. Gene is the second non-family member selected for this role in the 115 year company history.

Gene will serve as the 9th President of Wolfs. Gene will also serve as Chief Merchandising officer.

2015 2dff1c1ba0b21c7f5d9b2f6354a8cc26071c0308da51357df80af4a13abc50af
2015

Wolf Furniture purchases 73-year-old, family owned Gardiners Furniture from Gary and Greg Mullaney. Wolf's is proud to welcome the five Baltimore, Maryland area showrooms to the Wolf family. The new Gardiner Wolf locations include Bel Air, Catonsville, Pasadena, Towson and Westminster.