(WXYZ) – Art Van Elslander, the founding father of furnishings firm Art Van, has died on the age of 87.
Van Elslander based the corporate in 1959 together with his first retailer at 10 Mile and Gratiot Ave. Now, the corporate operates greater than 100 shops in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.
“My household is heartbroken by the lack of our father,” his son, Gary, mentioned in a launch. He is presently the president of Van Elslander Capital.
According to the corporate, Art was the one worker of the shop, and he bought Danish and modern dwelling furnishings.
Van Elslander not too long ago donated $20 million to the Father Solanus Casey Center to develop the middle.
“Now that Father Solanus is called blessed, I am positive that the variety of folks coming right here to the middle goes to extend considerably,” he mentioned on the time.
In January 2017, they bought Art Van Furniture to personal fairness agency Thomas H. Lee Partners.
At the time, Van Elslander mentioned “There continues to be a lot I need to do, and I really feel assured realizing the corporate and its folks will probably be in the easiest of arms for continued development and success.”
For a number of years, Art Van Furniture and WXYZ-TV teamed up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to struggle starvation in metro Detroit with the annual “Together We Can” meals drive.
Van Elslander additionally helped save Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day parade when it was in monetary hassle in 1990 by making a significant donation.