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RoomPlace rebuilding after blaze destroys distribution center

RoomPlace rebuilding after blaze destroys distribution center

Rebuilding a 104-year-old furniture company — out of a temporary space, no less — is no small feat.

Paul Adams had just finished calling the owner of furniture retailer The RoomPlace to let him know that despite the frightening news that the warehouse serving as the company's hub was on fire, everything looked to be under control. All employees were safely outside. The smoke was white, signaling a dying blaze, not the acrid black of burning fabric and leather.

Adams, CEO of the family-owned business, immediately started working on solving the problem. He was worried about smoke damage and dialed a real estate agent to look for a temporary space to store...

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