Rock House Farm Family of Brands (RHF Investments Inc.) that parent of Century Furniture and Hancock and Moore, has received final court approval of its bid to acquire substantially all assets of the Hickory Chair, Maitland Smith, Pearson and La Barge furniture brands from Heritage Home Group LLC. RHF was notified on Sept. 26 of the formal Delaware court approval. The transaction is expected to close on or before Oct. 12.
We are elated to be moving forward with the acquisition,” said Alex Shuford, III. “From our initial interest many months ago, and then throughout the bankruptcy process, we have remained focused on the team of dedicated Hickory Chair employees who have made these brands successful in our industry. Our primary role as new owners is to let this fine company do what they do best by not getting in the way …support them when asked…advise them when absolutely necessary…and to treat them like family.”
Heritage Home Group filed a bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware in late July to begin a restructuring process. RHF Investments Inc. became the stalking horse bidder at that time. That process concluded on Monday, Sept. 17 with no other bidders emerging. Upon closing, the roughly 500 mostly North Carolina employees of Hickory Chair, Maitland Smith, Pearson and LaBarge will become employees of Hickory Chair LLC which will be owned by RHF Investments INc. The Shuford family of Hickory, NC owns and operates RHF Investments Inc.
“This is a transformative time in our industry,” Shuford said. “We are looking at tremendous charge across the supplier, dealer and manufacturing landscape. We, at RHF, feel that there is real value in family ownership for some of these storied brands, and we are fortunate to be in a position where we can ‘lean in’ and help. At RHF, our mission is to build a family of brands that designers and retailers trust and want to do business with for years to come. While each of our companies is unique and self-directed, the common thread for all our businesses is to always strive to be honorable and trusted.”