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ATG Stores

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Type  Private
Key people  Michelle Newbery, CEO
Founded  1999
Industry  E-tail
Website  www.ATGStores.com
Parent organization  Lowe's
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Founder  Gary Rubens Brad Halbach
Products  Decorative Lighting, Plumbing, Hardware, Furniture & Decor, Appliances, Bed & Bath, Flooring
Headquarters  Kirkland, Washington, United States
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ATGStores.com is the trade name for Allied Trade Group, Inc., an e-commerce company which began in 1999 with the launch of its first website, Lighting Universe. ATG Stores added 50 stores in the beginning of 2008 and presently encompasses around 500 websites in multiple home furnishing, utility and paraphernalia categories, specializing in product sales of a variety of name brand manufacturers. Their headquarters are based in Washington state and there were previously as many as 7 ATG retail showrooms, all of which closed prior to ATG's acquisition by Lowe's at the end of 2011.

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The company currently operates under one domain providing Furniture, Outdoor Furniture, Bath, Kitchen, Lighting, Home Decor, Kids Furniture and Commercial Furniture.

History

Lighting Universe was formed in 1999 with the intent to consolidate lighting catalogs and pricing online for designers and lighting specifiers, as well as homeowners and contractors. In 2000 LightingUniverse.com went live, and two years later ATG Stores launched FixtureUniverse.com, targeting plumbing fixtures and decorative bath products. In 2003 Allied Trade Group, Inc. was formed as the parent company of Lighting Universe and Fixture Universe with the goal to grow into a full line home furnishings supplier.

ATG Stores opened their first brick and mortar showroom in May 2004 in Kirkland, Washington; their second showroom was purchased from The Lighting Co in August 2004. ATG Stores began selling flooring and home decor in November 2005. ATG Stores has been on Inc. Magazine's fastest growing companies list twice. Once in 124th place in 2006 and once in 412th place in 2007. They have also received recognition by the Puget Sound Business Journal, in 2006 they were ranked #16 and in 2007 ranked #31 on their list of fastest growing companies in the Northwest.

Lowe's Home Improvement acquired ATG Stores on December 29, 2011 with the intention of expanding the product variety available to Lowe's stores and Lowes.com while also bringing more traffic and credibility to ATG Stores as an online e-tailer. This initiated the closing of the ATG Stores retail showrooms in Washington state and allowed for Lowe's customers to purchase ATG Stores items in-store for pickup.

ATG Stores has been received an A+ rating from the BBB since 2015. They were honored with 2015 BBB Torch Award in the Large Business category for Western Washington.

References

ATG Stores Wikipedia


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