About us History & Vision

Even though Ambrose Furniture has grown a great deal over the last 60+ years, it still remains a family business.

honesty, reliability, thoughtfulness

AFC_Water-St.-e1395088875267 - CopyWhen H.H. Ambrose opened Ambrose Furniture in 1946, he gave up a life as a traveling preacher. But the values that he preached about – honesty, reliability, thoughtfulness – became a deeply instilled business philosophy which is still alive and well at Ambrose Furniture.

In 1984 the business expanded beyond Elizabeth City when H.H’s son, Marion & his wife Betty opened the Kitty Hawk store.In 1988 they opened the largest store in Coinjock. Now the stores are owned and operated by Marion and Betty’s sons, West and Barry.

Were our grandfather alive today, I think he’d be very proud of our success, but I think that he’d be even prouder of how we conduct our business. We haven’t lost the personal touch that so many people are grateful to discover.


Barry Ambrose

Barry Ambrose grew up in the family business his grandfather started in 1946.

As a toddler, his father promoted mattress sales by putting him in the front window for his naps. By age 10 he was helping out on the sales floor and worked Saturdays and summers through high school.

In 1983 Barry graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Theatre Arts. His training included an extensive study of design and improvisational thinking and he brings that creative ability to all aspects of the Ambrose Furniture business today. The minute you walk into any of the stores you can tell you’re in for something special. Barry invites you to come in and see him at the Kitty Hawk location.

West Ambrose

West_truck_2West Ambrose began working at Ambrose Furniture at age 13 and actually helped build its current Elizabeth City location.

After attending East Carolina University, he began working full time selling and delivering furniture.

During this time, he met and married Ruth Morris, a native of Currituck County. They remain happily settled in Coinjock where West is responsible for the seamless behind the scenes operations at Ambrose Furniture.

If he doesn’t have his hands on every piece of furniture that comes in and goes out – you’d better believe he has his eye on it.