IN THE BEGINNING- LEARN MORE ABOUT HUDSON’S COMPANY HISTORY
In 1912, our founder Harry Shapiro sold dry goods door-to-door from a horse-drawn cart to the townspeople of Stratford. As his business grew and prospered, he was able to establish a storefront. As Stratford was an important railway center, this location was well placed between the rail yards to the immediate south and the downtown city center. Originally called Stratford House Furnishings, the name was changed to Hudson’s in the early post World War II years, and we have been Hudson’s ever since.
Harry and his wife Jenny and their three children: Louis who established a Hudson’s store in Woodstock; Richard who established another Hudson’s store in London; and Sylvia, who along with her husband Maurice Helperin, entered the family business in 1951 and assumed ownership of this location, all carried on the family tradition. Our current building was doubled in size in the 1940’s and doubled in size again in 1966. An addition was completed in 1999 and the entire building was completely renovated both inside and out in 2001 and completed in 2002.
It is now 2023, and we have an exciting future ahead of us. Although we are no longer a department store (we closed our clothing departments in early 2020), we are growing into being one of the largest furniture and mattress stores in Stratford, Ontario. We have a wider selection of merchandise to choose from now on two floors – still with incredible value and, as always, outstanding customer service. We hope you will think of us first for your furniture and mattress needs.
Why Family Matters to Us
Hudson’s is a family-owned and run furniture & mattress store in Stratford, Ontario. Three generations of the Helperin family have worked at Hudson’s, continuing a long tradition of honesty and quality customer service. Our customers trust our staff to offer accurate information on various brands, knowledgeable advice on what to purchase, and affordable pricing every time. We treat our customers how we would want to be treated and take pride in crafting a reputation of integrity that has lasted more than 109 years.