“Most of our furniture is custom made that fits into our office that it goes into,” Peister said. However people may purchase some individual pieces for home office use that they can take home that day, he said.
The showroom also includes a custom design center where clients can peruse different designs and finishes that are available. Another section of the store is dedicated to Eakes’ technology division, which features printers and fax machines.
Along with the showroom, Eakes remodeled office cubicles and created rooms where its sales representatives can make private phone calls. Peister said the Kearney store has 22 employees.
All of this was showcased at an open house organized by the Kearney Chamber of Commerce last week. It commemorated the store’s the company’s 75th anniversary and its new look.
The company was started in 1945 in Grand Island by Howard Eakes, according to the Eakes Office Solutions website. Peister said a Kearney store opened in 1974 and was the second site in the company to be established.
Today there are 13 locations in Nebraska that provide service to Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and South Dakota. Peister manages six of the locations from York west.
Peister attributed Eakes’ success to local community support.