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Overview Conn’s history dates back to 1890, when Edward Eastham founded Eastham Plumbing and Heating Company in Beaumont.

First National Bank of Beaumont took over Eastham Plumbing in 1931, and renamed it Plumbing and Heating, Inc. A freeze that same year burst pipes throughout the area. Like many other residents, Mr. Yount of the original Spindletop oil giants needed a plumber, but was unable to find one. Remembering that First National Bank of Beaumont had taken over a plumbing business, he called the bank to inquire whether the firm was still for sale. Upon learning that it was, he bought the company in order to have a plumber repair his pipes.

In 1933, C.W. Conn Sr., who was selling appliances for the local gas company at that time, was hired to run the plumbing company with an option to purchase it. He bought the business in 1934, changing its name to Conn Plumbing and Heating Company.

In 1937, Conn’s began selling refrigerators, and soon added gas ranges to the inventory. By 1940, Mr. Conn had purchased a storefront and moved the company to 268 Pearl Street in Beaumont. The company’s second store opened in 1959 on Eleventh Street. By 1966 the company had four stores in Beaumont and a total sales volume of $4 million. Lake Charles, Louisiana, was the site of Conn’s first out-of-state store, opened in 1969, followed that same year by the opening of a second store in Louisiana. In 1975, Conn’s opened stores in Port Arthur, Orange and Baytown, Texas, as well as one in Lafayette, Louisiana. A second location in Lafayette and new stores in New Iberia and Opelousas, Louisiana, soon followed.

After the death of C.W. Conn, Sr. in 1975, C.W. Conn, Jr. became Chairman of the Board. The company’s growth continued into the next three decades, with the first Houston store opened in 1983 and 16 others to follow in subsequent years. In 1993, Conn’s experienced its first $100 million sales volume year and opened its first store in San Antonio, Texas.

Thomas Frank, Sr. became Chairman of the Board of Conn’s. in 1994. Under his leadership, the company established itself as a major player in the retail sales industry, with the total sales volume growing to more than $200 million in 1997. In July 1998 the company reorganized and brought in a new financial partner, The Stephens Group, Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas, a majority stockholder that provided Conn’s with added financial capabilities for future growth.

The company’s market reach was broadened in 1999, when the first Conn’s store was opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and again in 2001 and 2002 when Conn’s opened its first stores in Austin and Corpus Christi. In 2003, Conn’s entered the Dallas-Fort Worth. The company now offers a full-range of products and services in seven markets in Texas Louisiana and Oklahoma. In addition to its four stores in the Beaumont area Conn’s has 70 other retail stores. These include twenty three in Houston, ten in San Antonio, five in Austin , one in Corpus Christi, two in McAllen, eighteen in Dallas Fort Worth, one in Lake Charles, three in the Lafayette area, two in Baton Rouge and two in the Oklahoma City area. Through these stores, Conn’s offers its customers a wide variety of high-quality appliances, televisions, electronics, computers, lawn and garden equipment,tools, mattress sets, dinette sets, bedroom sets and living room furniture.

In November, 2003 Conn’s, a privately held corporation, became a public company. It is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol CONN. Conn’s is regularly recognized as an outstanding retailer nationally. In June, 2004, BusinessWeek name Conn’s as one of the “Top 100 Small Buisnesses” in the nation.

Today Conn's has 74 stores in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and continues to grow. Unique and a distinct competitive advantage is that the Company provides a variety of (in-house) credit options for its customers and operates its own delivery and installation service.

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