The Des Moines metro is the latest location for an Omaha, Nebraska-based “pop-up”-style furniture and home goods retailer that promises on its website to offer the lowest prices on a variety of items.
The Rush Market opened its doors in the former Toys R Us location at 8747 University Ave. in Clive on April 15 after a “sneak pop-up event” April 8-10. It only operates when it has inventory to sell and currently is closed. It’s a concept reminiscent of Tuesday Morning, but without the strictly scheduled day for new inventory that lends that chain its name.
To be notified about when the store will be open, or to shop online, customers must sign up on the store’s website for a free membership, providing their name, email and ZIP code.
The store describes itself on Facebook as “the outlet for online returns and overstocks.” Its merchandise consists of new, overstocked items, unused returns, showroom samples that were used in photo shoots, or limited quantity stock acquired from other retailers, the store’s website says. Many items, it says, are “one-of-one,” and it pledges that its prices will be below any others advertised online.
Some examples on the website: accent chairs starting at $34.99; sofas and loveseats starting at $70.99; dining tables starting at $53.79; beds starting at $76.99; and decorative pillows starting at $4.99. Other offerings include lighting, rugs, office and outdoor furniture, flooring, sinks, doors and appliances.
The store offers free delivery for items over $49, the site says.
In addition to two Rush Markets in Omaha, there’s and a newly opened one in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Omaha’s KETV says the first store was established in 2017.
The new store is the latest sign of a retail revival along a stretch of University Avenue that saw several closures early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Just around the corner on 22nd Street, a revamp of the former Gordman’s store is underway to accommodate the first Des Moines location of national flooring retailer Floor & Décor.
Hannah Rodriguez is retail reporter for the Register. Reach her at HERodriguez@registermedia.com.
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