Cabinets Express opens design centers in Brighton, Sterling Heights
A Brighton cabinet business is branching out.
Cabinets Express, an offshoot of home remodeling firm KSI Kitchen & Bath, is expanding to two new stores.
“It’s like a fresh start,” said Matt Norton, sales director for Cabinets Express.
Norton is overseeing the two new stores, including one coming soon to 9962 E. Grand River Avenue in Brighton Township. Their first design center opened in Sterling Heights last year.
It is the first time Cabinets Express has operated standalone design centers. The company is currently located in warehouse space at KSI’s corporate headquarters at 9325 Maltby Road in Green Oak Township.
KSI is planning to move its headquarters to Wixom. Cabinets Express will use warehouse space at that new location.
KSI also operates several design center stores in Michigan and Ohio. KSI acquired Byron Center-based Starlite Kitchens earlier this year.
Norton said he expects the Brighton store for Cabinets Express will open in the 1,850-square-foot space around the end of June.
“Right now we’re in a warehouse setting,” he said.
While there are some kitchen display models set up in the warehouse on Maltby Road, the new stores are designed to be sleeker and more inviting for customers.
“We’re going to have vignettes, so people can actually visualize more. We’re going to have examples of products, like a fully-functioning kitchen with all the accessories in the cabinets,” Norton said.
He said Cabinets Express, which has been around about 15 years, has seen sales increases year after year, and the new business model is a reflection of that growth.
He said he has seen an uptick in certain types of home remodeling projects that include new cabinets, countertops and accessories.
“We’re definitely doing more bar areas and people finishing basements, and the smaller DIY projects, like redoing a laundry room and things you can do in a short amount of time. And we’ve done more desks, as home offices increase.”
Cabinets Express specializes in fully assembled and ready-to-assemble cabinets. They offer pickup and home delivery. They do not offer installation services, so their products typically appeal to DIY home remodelers and contractors.
The company sells three series of cabinets and countertops, set at different price points.
Norton said lumber prices and shortages have impacted pricing some, but price increases on some cabinets have been minimal.
“We’ve worked hard with our vendors and manufacturers because they have absorbed some of it and we’ve absorbed some. We try to keep it minimal.”
While there are no immediate plans for additional store locations, Norton said he envisions continued expansion.
“We’ll see how this goes first,” he said.
Contact Livingston Daily reporter Jennifer Timar at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @jennifer_timar.