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Bob’s Discount Furniture contributed $25,500 to 15 Washington, D.C.-area schools to celebrate the grand openings of two new retail furniture stores, in Fairfax, Va., and Waldorf.

The new stores — the fourth and fifth D.C.-area locations opened by Bob’s since 2011 — demonstrate the company’s continued interest in serving the nation’s capital, and are expected to add more than 50 jobs to the local economy, according to a news release from Bob’s.

Maurice McKisset, who previously managed the company’s Hyattsville store, will manage the new 30,103-square-foot Waldorf store in Festival Way.

Grand opening celebrations for each store were held Feb. 14. Bob Kaufman, company president and co-founder, attended the Waldorf store ribbon cutting. Free refreshments from the stores’ cafes were served. Grand opening festivities extended through the weekend at both locations.

“We’re thrilled to expand our presence in the D.C.-metro area,” Kaufman said in a news release. “Especially in today’s economy, people here really appreciate our approach of offering values on fashionable, high-quality furniture with no gimmicks, and the same low prices every day.”

With the new locations, Bob’s Discount Furniture now has 45 stores in nine states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia).

To show its commitment to the new stores’ communities, Bob’s presented checks totaling $25,500 to 15 local schools during the grand openings. These funds are made possible by customer donations to collection jars in the cafes found in every Bob’s store, which offer free refreshments to all shoppers.

Westlake High School received a check for $6,000 to support its education and arts programs.

In addition, each of these Waldorf schools will receive $1,000 checks — C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, Berry Elementary School, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, William A. Diggs Elementary School, John Hanson Middle School and North Point High School.

Every month as part of its outreach program, Bob’s Discount Furniture randomly selects seven schools in the communities near its stores and makes a donation of $1,000 to each one. This month, the company is doubling its usual contributions by providing funds for school education and arts programs in Maryland and Virginia. Bob’s has donated money to hundreds of schools during the past 20 years. Previous recipients have used the donations for such things as purchasing new art and classroom supplies, funding student activity groups and going on field trips.