Granite Furniture Co. officially opened its expanded and completely remodeled store Friday at 1134 N. Fifth West in Provo.

John D. Richards Sr., chairman of the board, said the new facility almost doubles the size of the previous store, located on Fifth West for 40 years. Construction took about 18 months.Features of the new facility include 83,000 square feet of display and service area, a two-deck parking ramp that will accommodate 100 cars and additional storeside parking.

The store also has the latest audio and video electronics equipment and features store furnishings in grays, mauves and other popular colors.

"Furniture has been placed in settings and with accessories to give customers an idea of how it would look in their own homes. Granite carries a full line of merchandise to accommodate a wide variety of budgets," Richards said.

"We pride ourselves in being able to provide excellent selections of merchandise for every room in the home, fill every decorating need and offer quality products at prices we can guarantee to be the lowest in the industry," said Stephen C. Richards, president.

"This efficiently planned building and big-volume buying make this possible. To our knowledge we are the only full-service furniture store in the area, and are now able to offer more goods and services than we have for the 50 years we have been in Provo."

Joseph H. Ashworth and Associates, Provo, were architects for the building. Layton Construction Co., was the prime contractor; subcontractors were from the Provo and Orem areas.

Granite has 45 employees in the Provo store, which services homes throughout central and eastern Utah. Free delivery is available to customers within 200 miles of Provo.

Before being located on Fifth West, Granite was in downtown Provo 10 years. The first building, a 40,000- square-foot structure, on Fifth West was built in 1948. One addition was built in 1965, with an enlargement being made to the main store in 1967, bringing the total area to 40,000 square feet. The latest remodeling project connects five buildings.

Granite Furniture, which is a family business, had its beginnings in 1910 at 1050 E. 21st South in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City. W.B. Richards Jr. was the contractor for the first building constructed at that location.