When House of Sofas began its liquidation sale last winter, owner Matt Murphy, son of original owners Bob and Juanita Murphy, hinted he had something up his sleeve. That something was Cozy Home Solutions, his new furniture store that occupies half of the old House of Sofas space.

The rest of the space is still in transition. His mother, Juanita, who still owns the building, is turning it into a “furniture center,” leasing space to various furniture sellers. About a third of the building is still vacant, but she’s moving walls around, and in addition to Matt’s store, she’s partnering with Sanjay Panjwani to sell beds and mattresses in a small front section.

Panjwani, who owns the mainly wholesale All About Furniture on South Industrial, was quick to realize that with the Art Van Pure Sleep store going into the old Blockbuster on Jackson (see previous page), it was a good time to open a west-side branch of his store. That may sound counterintuitive, but retailers love to band together into commerce nodes. People are much more likely to drive out to Jackson Road for a mattress if they can check out a couple of stores, goes the theory. All About Furniture beds and mattresses are for sale there now, though as yet there’s not much to indicate that the business is separate from Cozy Home.

Juanita still doesn’t know what she’s going to put in the rest of the building–possibly flooring, possibly something else home related.

Cozy Home Solutions, 5301 Jackson Rd. 995-2616. Mon., Thurs., & Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tues. & Wed. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.