Ashley HomeStore focus of Millsboro annexation request

MILLSBORO – Millsboro’s town government has taken the first step toward possible annexation that could land a well-known furniture and home furnishings retailer along the town’s bustling US 113 business corridor.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore, already with a southern Delaware presence in Delmar, is looking to expand into central Sussex.

At council’s Jan. 2 meeting, Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood appointed District 3 councilpersons Michelle Truitt and Jim Kells and at-large member Larry Gum to serve on the annexation committee. They will review and explore the request.

The property targeted for annexation is located on northwest corner of southbound US 113 and Dickerson Road, south of the Delmarva Health Pavilion. It would be serviced by town sewer and water.

Business founders Larry and Beth Barnes attended the council meeting, along with son Justin Barnes. The Barnes family owns what is commonly known as the Barnes Furniture Campus, comprised of Ashley HomeStore and FurnitureLand, both on US 13 in Delmar.

Combined, the two stores offer 80,000 square feet of shopping. Those stores are supported by a high output distribution facility with more than 1.6 million cubic feet to handle order fulfillment.

“They are looking to expand, and they thought Millsboro was the right fit,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “We’re really excited about that one. We did some courting behind the scenes and glad they chose Millsboro. The town really wants … to enhance the view that we are a regional hub. I think having a furniture store like that is a real lynch-pin in that process.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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