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Furniture store opens in bullish East Texas economy

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Today in Longview, North America's largest furniture manufacturer, Ashley Furniture Industries, celebrated the opening of its 500th retail store.

Ashley Furniture Home Store in Longview will share a warehouse with the company's Tyler store -- and together, they will employ about 50 East Texans.

Economists say it's a sign of continued good times in Longview but say the city must improve in education to compete for the high-tech jobs of the future.

"Longview seems to be increasing with the population, increasing with job labor," LeTourneau University School of Business professor Juan Castro, ph.D, says, "but we need to improve the technical part of that."

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