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How A Family Business Was Born

In October 1935, Mr. & Mrs. E.E. White began their business in Twin Falls. By the age of 17, Mr. White had already been selling Maytag washers in Utah, Colorado & Nevada. Mr. White gained a reputation as the "Maytag Man" in Ely, Nevada when he operated a Maytag retail outlet and went door to door with Maytag washers strapped to his Oakland automobile. However, the Maytag Company eventually decided to become a wholesale company and shut down retail stores. In fact, the store located in Nevada was the last one to close its doors. Meanwhile, Mr. White found another job working for a Nevada banker, O.G. Bates, who would eventually become the co-founder of Wilson-Bates Furniture. O.G. Bates agreed to take him and the Maytag laundry line under his wing, so long as Mr. White would work for him.

It was this new relationship with Mr. Bates that prompted the Whites to move to Twin Falls, where they opened a branch location of the Nevada store. A year later, they purchased the store. The Whites continued to open stores across the Magic Valley. In 1955, they purchased the store in Ely, Nevada and that of Elko in 2013.

Wilson-Bates has been a family-run business since 1935. The business is now being operated by the Whites two sons and their daughter, who also have their current children who are involved in the business. Mr. White retired in the late 1970s, while Mrs. White continued to work until 1983, when her health compelled her to retire.

Our Communities

Aside from hard work and making our valued customers feel at ease to find the right furniture that agrees with their budget and their needs, we are also a social-purpose business. We believe in helping our communities by lending a helping hand for a school fundraiser or taking part in a community-wide outreach. Ultimately, we aspire to impact individuals, families and even wildlife. We are committed to doing our part.

Here are some of the organizations that Wilson-Bates has been actively working with; The Boys & Girls Club, The Salvation Army, Idaho Food Bank, Pet Shelters & Clinics, Valley House, Safari Club, The College of Southern Idaho Scholarship Fund, United Way, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Hospice Visions, Red Cross, National Wild Turkey Federation, St. Luke's Foundation, Toys For Tots, Sportsmen For Fish & Wildlife, Special Olympics and many other community organizations throughout Idaho and Nevada.

Our Goal at Wilson-Bates Appliance and Furniture is to have you experience professional customer service tailored to your needs. We'll help you select from the latest in-home furnishings, appliances, sleep comfort, home electronics and accessories available in today's marketplace. And always at Wilson-Bates Value Pricing. Furniture Sales Representative will gladly walk you through our showroom inventory and will help you in achieving your goals. Fabric, leather, beautiful woods and the finest construction from the best name brands in America. Sleep Comfort is offered in our Sleep Center from Beautyrest and Serta. These are the two finest names in sleep and from King-Size to Twin-Size you're sure to find your best in sleep Comfort here. In Electronics, our Sales Representatives will gladly demonstrate the newest in cutting-edge technology delivering the utmost in viewing pleasure available today. Our Appliance Sales Representatives have the experience and expertise on all the latest advances made in today's world of appliances. We'll show you what today's efficient appliances can do to not only be efficient, but to save on utility costs as well. Many Name Brands make up our huge inventory at Wilson-Bates. Over the decades we have worked hard to stock our stores with only the highest-quality brands available and to support those brands with professional, knowledgeable customer service. From A to Z the names we carry are among the finest manufacturers anywhere. And, of course, the Wilson-Bates team is dedicated to providing you with the best customer service possible, each and every day. As our motto states - "We Can Make It Easy!", for you to shop - and save - at any of our Southern Idaho locations in Twin Falls, Burley and Gooding including the Wilson-Bates Discount Furniture Center and our Nevada locations in Ely and Elko.

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