The Johnson’s Story
$80, some old furniture, and a dream….
And so began the building of a business from almost nothing. Ruby Johnson’s dream in 1963 was to own a furniture store. She told her oldest son, Richard, who was then 20, about her dream and they were soon in business.
Ruby and Richard had $80 cash, several pieces of used furniture and a vision, but that was all it took to make a dream come true. The business opened in a small shotgun house on Barksdale Blvd. In late September 1963 as R&R Furniture. The R&R was for Richard and Ruby and was the beginning of one of the Ark-La-Tex’s largest home furnishers.
A.H. “Hobby” Johnson pitched in by loaning his old pick-up truck for deliveries. Hobby, who had been in the construction business, helped with additions to the building in 1965 and again in 1967. He later became a full time partner in the business.
The younger brothers, Jim and Bruce, were also very active in the success of the store, Jim joined the business in 1970 after his service in the U.S. Navy. Bruce who was ten when the business started, began helping as a young teenager.
In the early ’70’s the business was prospering and the decision was made to purchase the present site. The new building was completed in January 1975 and contained 22,500 square feet in its showroom and warehouse.
In the late ’80’s the third generation joined the business. Howard, Richard’s Son, and Chris, Jim’s son joined keeping it a family tradition. The business continues to grow with a showroom and warehouse of over 72,000 square feet at the foot of the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge.
Much has changed in the Johnson’s Furniture story but honesty and giving the customer a fair price will never change.