Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

El Paso Imports Opens OKC Shopping Center

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

El Paso Imports Opens OKC Shopping Center

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El Paso Imports, an import retailer of antique and custom-made furniture from places like China, Romania and India, expanded into the Oklahoma market this week with a new store in northwest Oklahoma City.

Jack Dulaney, owner of the El Paso, Texas-based business, said the new store at 7423 N. May Ave. in the Lakeside Shopping Center opened its doors Monday, becoming the company's 19th outlet nationwide. The 5,300-square-foot store offers a mix of more than 100-year-old antiques and new furniture and household items.

"We're an eclectic furniture store with accessories," Dulaney said. "We deal with a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces and antiques."

El Paso Imports has more than a dozen retail locations and four wholesale outlets nationwide, with stores nearest Oklahoma located in Dallas and Santa Fe, N.M. Delaney said he chose to expand his business to Oklahoma City, after repeated comments by customers at other stores that Oklahoma would be a good market.

"We're looking forward to doing business in Oklahoma," he said. "In Oklahoma City and perhaps Tulsa, a store like this is long overdue. I'm really surprised that other retail businesses that do similar things as us are not already there (in Oklahoma City).

"We felt like this area is where we belong."

The stark high-ceiling interior of the Oklahoma City shop creates a warehouse-type feel. Inside, hundreds of imported pieces of furniture fill the store - from hand-carved century old tables and chairs from China to carved hickory cabinets from Romania.

Filling the room, products include lamb's leather armchairs from Romania and coffee tables with intricate wood carvings from India.

Dozens of lamps, mirrors, stools and other items also are on display.

"We don't do mahogany or the real slick finishes," Dulaney said of the furniture styles. "And we're certainly not Southwest. We're more country furniture. We buy our products right from the countryside."

The company also specializes in custom-made furniture, which can be ordered at the store and delivered from the El Paso headquarters.

Dulaney said he began his business more than 20 years ago in El Paso, where he collected antique furniture and home decor items in Mexico and imported them to his stores in the United States. …

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