Brenda Wood started Wood’s Furniture in 1961 in a modest building across from the family home in Pease Bay, Bodden Town, selling both furniture and appliances. Since then, many of her eight children have been involved in the running of the business.
Wood’s Furniture — then known as Wood’s Centre — moved to various locations in George Town, at one stage sharing a building with The Caymanian Weekly on Edward Street. The success of the venture led the family to build their own showroom on Fort Street, where the business remained until the early 1980s.
By that time they were ready to incorporate interior design services and moved to their present location on Dorcy Drive, near the airport. A separate accessories division was moved to the airport showroom to provide the convenience of all products and services at one location.
An article in the Caymanian Compass of 25 April, 2001, focused on the company’s 40th anniversary. Managing Director Phillip Wood suggested a reason for success: “From our humble beginnings… we have changed with the times and needs of our customers.”
By that time, the article noted, the showroom had been expanded to 20,000 square feet.
The range of services and products also expanded, with company divisions added for kitchens and baths and flooring specialists.
Community involvement in recent years has included an annual Christmas toy drive in conjunction with Cayman Free Press and Z99, with gifts handed over to the Department of Children and Family Services for distribution.
Celebrating in 2001, Wood’s Furniture and Design offered a “40 years equals a 40% off sale” that lasted several days. With next year being their golden anniversary, it will be interesting to see what Mrs. Wood’s children come up with.