BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Raymour & Flanigan hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 20 to celebrate the grand opening of its Bridgewater showroom on Route 202.

“The staff is very excited,” store manager Judy Cahill said. “This store is much larger than our old location.”

Raymour & Flanigan has taken the place of the Home Depot Expo, which closed about eight years ago. The facility has been empty since then.

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Home Depot is the current 25-year lease holder of the property where the store opened, and Raymour & Flanigan is the 15-year sub-lease holder.

“It took collaboration with the township of Bridgewater, Home Depot, owner of the space (Doug) Steiner and of course Raymour & Flanigan,” Bridgewater Township Economic Development Officer Howard Turbowitz said. “The store is 65,000 square feet of showroom.”

The opening of Bridgewater’s Raymour & Flanigan marks the creation of 27 new jobs in the local community, according to a press release.

“We do grass roots campaigns,” Cahill said of the work the furniture does. “We’re very much involved with the community.”

Construction on the store began early in the summer of 2014 and underwent a lot of electrical work to create the showroom, according to Turbowitz. The store officially opened around Christmas 2014.

“We’re making this place our home,” Cahill said.