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Our Story

Our Story

Bringing Friends and Family Together

Since 1979 we’ve had one of the greatest jobs in the world: helping folks design settings where they can create unforgettable memories. 


Where stories can be told, where meals can be shared in the heart of summer, where books can be read to each other on a cold winter night. 

Where you can connect deeply with family and friends. 

If you’d like ideas on how that can happen for you, drop by one of our stores and have one of our staff give you a free consultation. 

If you’d rather explore here, online, these links will get you started:

How It All Started  (from Rich’s founder, Larry Chapman)

My sister Ann called me in the fall of 1979 and said, “Larry, have I got a business for you.”

She was right. After two months of twenty-four-hour days (and a lot of prayer) we opened our first tiny store. We didn’t sell much that first year, but we learned a lot and boy did we have fun.

Forty-two years later, we’ve grown into seven superstores, selling more fireplaces, hot tubs, grills, and outdoor furniture than anyone else in the country and have helped a whole lot of people fall more in love with their homes and their families.

Best of all, my family has been an integral part of Rich’s since the beginning. My wife Marianne and my daughters planned the yearly redesign of the stores for many years, my son Jon rose through the ranks to now hold the position of CEO, and even my grandkids are involved in the business. It’s a true joy to see three generations become part of the Rich’s story.

So stop by, see if there’s anything you like. I’d love you to meet my family, and we’d love to meet yours.

To your home,

Larry Chapman