The University of Houston-Victoria and Ashley Furniture HomeStore recently signed a contract to make the company the official furniture sponsor of UHV residence halls, which includes placing furniture from the Victoria store into the lobbies of all dorms.

Ashley Furniture already has furnished new red and black couches, chairs and tables inside the lobby of Jaguar Hall, 2705 Houston Highway. The company will supply furniture for the Jaguar Court lobby this fall and also will do so in Jaguar Suites, an apartment-style dormitory for sophomores scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

Earlier this year, Amy Mundy, UHV director of corporate and foundation relations, was having lunch at Jaguar Hall with Paige Streiff, who co-owns the Victoria Ashley Furniture with Ken Stimson, and Store Manager Tami Hysell. After lunch, Streiff and Hysell saw some of the outdated furniture in the lobby and asked if they could redecorate.

With the contract now in place, plans are taking shape for new furniture for Jaguar Court, located at 2605 Houston Highway.