Did you know that Zak’s Furniture started out as a TV and Electronics store? Back in 1959, my father and my Uncle, Marvin Howard, started a joint venture specializing in TV’s and TV repair. This store was named “Bowman- Howard” and was located in the old Peerless Center. During the early 60’s, my father and uncle would dabble into selling other things such as carpet, and eventu?ally some furniture. They quickly developed a passion for the furni?ture retail industry and decided to open a furniture retail store in Boones Creek and relocated Bowman-Howard to Boones Creek in 1968. After tremendous suc?cess from their furniture retail activities, and seeing where the elec?tronics industry was heading, my father and uncle decided to focus strictly on furniture and merged the two stores into one larger furni?ture store. I can’t remember the exact date, but this was around the early 70’s timeframe. So essentially, what started as a 10,000 sq. ft. tv store turned into 160,000 sq. ft. of facilities on 14 acres of land. Zak’s is now a regional home furnishings campus serving East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. Zak’s even reaches into Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia as well.