When starting a fledgling furniture store in the uncertain and chaotic year of 1945, Louis Shanks could hardly have imagined what great successes and milestones that would be associated with his name. Realizing his insights into the furniture industry and desires to excel, he laid the foundation for his first store at 3rd Street and Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas in partnership with Mr. John Stanford. Five years later, this partnership dissolved, and a new partnership was formed with Mr. Harry Meyers. Shanks-Meyers opened on Lamar Boulevard in 1950 and became fully owned by Mr. Shanks when he bought out Mr. Meyers in 1954.
Like most companies, Louis Shanks has had to expand and accommodate the needs of a surging market. The Hitchin' Post was annexed on Lamar Boulevard in 1960. The Anderson Lane location opened in 1974, with entry into the San Antonio market in 1983. The greatest leap was taken in Houston where we added three stores to our Louis Shanks' family in 1995.
The San Antonio showroom soared to 93,000 square feet with a 27,000 square foot enlargement in 1997. Two years later, the decision to close the original Lamar Boulevard location in the spring of 1999 resulted in an extensive expansion to the Anderson Lane store, adding over 68,000 square feet to the existing 35,000. This location now houses our corporate headquarters. Following its grand opening in April, 1999, the Anderson Lane store is regarded in the furniture industry as the Crown Jewel of the Southwest.
Today still family-owned and operated, our goal is to give you complete customer satisfaction.
At Louis Shanks, we'll make you feel right at home.