Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Heilig-Meyers Company dating back to the 1970's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company President and Secretary, was printed by the Security-Columbian Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).
Great piece with a large vignette of the company's "MacSaver" logo.
Heilig-Meyers was a retail furniture store chain founded in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1913 by two Lithuanian immigrants, W. A. Heilig and J. M. Meyers. Its corporate headquarters was in Richmond, Virginia. The chain grew to become the largest furniture retailer in the United States in the 1990s, ultimately having over 1,000 stores nationwide (including Puerto Rico). At one point, the company was considered the WalMart of the furniture industry.
Its over-expansion - by purchasing over 100 McMahan's Furniture stores based in Carlsbad, California, in 1993, as well as other stores and chains in the West - contributed to its failure. The company also bought the L. Fish furniture chain in the Chicago area; those stores were closed in 1999.
Heilig-Meyers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 17, 2000, and subsequently announced the liquidation of its inventory. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported in 2000 that the company failed when its large expansion did not succeed in creating sufficient revenue and when customers who had previously used the company's in-house credit began using credit cards instead. The company's credit customers had grown increasingly weary of lower quality.
All of the company's stores were closed at the end of the year, except for its RoomStore-branded locations, which remained open. In 2005, RoomStore, the only part of Heilig-Meyers remaining, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after receiving $35,000,000 to pay off its debts. RoomStore would be liquidated seven years later.
The company, which had sponsored NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Bobby Hillin, Jr., Dick Trickle and Mike Wallace, was one of the last furniture companies to finance its own accounts. The last CEO/President was Bill DeRusha.
In 2008, years after the company was liquidated, the company was sued for fraud. The suit contended that the retailer kept two sets of books and used an accounting method that led investors to believe that Heilig-Meyers was more profitable than it was. The case involved asset-backed securities sold in 1998 that were pools of receivables - the financial contracts of Heilig's customers, who had bought furniture on credit.