Howard Israel creates consulting service
June 1, 2001,
BOSTON — Veteran home furnishings retailer Howard Israel has formed Howard Israel Associates (HIA), a consulting service for retailers and manufacturers.
Israel, whose home furnishings career began as a buyer for Filene's Basement, based here, and later started Leejay Bed & Bath, a specialty chain that over three decades grew to more than 50 stores with revenues of more than $100 million. Leejay was one of the first specialty chains to do direct importing. Later, Israel opened SoftHome, a specialty retailer of home textiles. Both Leejay and SoftHome are no longer in business.
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