What began more than 50 years ago as a furniture and carpet concession in 10,000 square feet of the former Whittal Carpet Mill on Southbridge Street, grew to become the largest furniture and flooring store in New England under the leadership and care of the Rotman family.
Rotmans is known for its quality products, great values, dedication to customer service and, most especially, its enormous selection of furniture, mattresses, accessories, electronics and flooring.
The showroom has grown exponentially and now occupies over 200,000 square feet of that same mill!
The success of Rotmans has made the store a mainstay in the region thanks to the early example set by Murray and Ida and their continued presence over decades working with their sons Barry, Steven and Bernie.
The family focused on developing strong relationships in the industry to ensure they would be able to offer their customers the latest trends in furniture and flooring at the best possible prices.
The Rotmans have developed an extended family of employees that are equally dedicated to their customers and their community.
Those efforts have brought recognition to the store, but more importantly, established a sense of pride in those who work for and with Rotmans.
Although Murray passed away in 2004, Ida remains a constant advisor to her three sons and the employees at Rotmans, even into her 100s! Barry, Steve and Bernie continue to expound on the lessons their parents taught them and decades later see continued success for their family business.
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CMHA honored Bernie Rotman for all his hard work on their behalf in the fight against homelessness at the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance's 19th Annual Meeting, which took place on January 15, 2014. Bernie has co-chaired the Walk for the Homeless for 14 years.