Karobway Furniture & Floor Coverings was started in 1989 as a family business with Katherine, Robert, and Wayne Smith as the principals. The first location was in LaCrosse, Virginia, and we were only open on the weekends. The kids, Robert and Katherine, ran the business on the weekends, with Wayne picking up new merchandise during the week. The business grew rapidly and was moved to South Hill, Virginia, into the old Carver Furniture Store. At that time, Karobway consolidated with Wilson Floor Shop, enlarging our offerings to a full range of home furnishing products. Soon after the move to South Hill, Jo Ann Smith joined our company and Katherine left to get married and settled in Tennessee.
At first, there was hardly enough furniture to fill one floor of the Carver building. But as the business began to grow, it became clear that the building would not be large enough for us to serve our customers properly. In 1994, the business moved to the current location on 1423 North Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill, Virginia. Initially, two 12,000 square feet buildings were constructed on the site. Sears decided to bring their new format store to the South Hill area and located it in the front half of the first building. Three years later in 1997, a third 12,000 square feet building was constructed. Then in 2007, we added an additonal 9,630 square feet of showroom to accomodate our customer needs.
Karobway Furniture & Floor Coverings was started with a simple goal of giving our area customers name brand furniture and floor coverings at the guaranteed lowest prices. Today, Karobway Furniture has 45,630 square feet of showroom space with the largest selection in Southside Virginia.
If you haven't figured out how we came up with the name, Karobway comes from the "KA" in Katherine, the "ROB" in Robert, and the "WAY" in Wayne. And, we treat our customers how we got our name, like Family!
Meet Our Team
Kenneth has been with Karobway Furniture for over 22 years and has been selling furniture for over 45 years! Kenneth is our bedding specialist and has a very vast knowledge of bedding as well as the all the other home furnishings we sell. He is from Blackridge, Va. And now lives in Bracey, Va. With his wife Carol. Kenneth enjoys visiting his daughter and son-in- law, and spending time with his wife. He likes being able to make people happy and says he likes helping people turn their house into a home.
Angie Hawkins, our Office Manager, currently lives in Bracey, Va. with her husband and her two youngest daughters. Her son lives in the Midlothian, VA area. Angie was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, and moved here 25 years ago and lives on beautiful Lake Gaston and although she loves the lake, she will always miss the mountains. She enjoys doing anything outside and loves to spend time with her family and friends. She loves music of all varieties and dancing to the beat! She is very energetic and is an asset to our company by giving all the customers and her fellow co-workers a bright and happy work environment!
Robert Smith runs the place! He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1988 with an engineering degree. After college he worked for a furniture manufacturing company for a few years in Kentucky; after a few years he moved back to Virginia and worked out of the Culpepper plant. Robert has been active in Karobway since 1994 and took it over when his Mom and Dad retired – so Robert has been in the furniture business for about 24 years total. Robert enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family, enjoys golfing and summers on the lake with friends and family.
Marquell is our La-Z- Boy specialist! She has been with the company for 18 years and is very knowledgeable in everything we have to offer. She is an asset to the company bringing laughter and cheer to her fellow co- workers and customers! She worked at Catos Fashions for three years prior to coming to work here; so, she has over 20 years in the retail business also. She has two children her oldest who lives in the Norfolk, va area. Marquell enjoys watching her youngest daughter in ballet class. She also enjoys going to see movies with her friends and family.
Charles Woodley is our main delivery person. Charles strives for excellence in his job. He is very attentive to all merchandise as well as the customers and their home when delivering. Charles has been with the company for 14 years and enjoys the job. He has two children, the oldest is 22 and his youngest will be one this spring! Charles was born and raised in Lawrenceville, VA and is where he currently resides.
Dylan has been with Karobway for over five years. He started off working at one of the 'sister companies', Sears Hometown Store. Dylan is now working here in sales and the marketing director who helps with promotions as well as merchandising on the floor. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends when he isn’t working and just relaxing. Dylan does also enjoy some outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.