Yardbird Furniture, a retail store that sells all-weather patio furniture directly to the consumer from the factory, has opened in St. Louis Park.
After 10 years of selling to large national retailers, father and son Bob and Jay Dillon have shifted their focus to selling to retail customers.
“For some reason the high-end outdoor furniture industry hasn’t evolved in decades – local retailers don’t design, source and inventory outdoor furniture themselves, so there is a slew of middlemen doing this for them and it has made high quality product unaffordable to 95 percent of the market,” Jay Dillon said.
He added that he has spent the past three years in factory learning the industry.
Located at 6501 Cambridge St. in St. Louis Park, Yardbird’s warehouse is also a showroom.
A grand opening event is set Friday, April 21.