Conns Inc. is an electronics, furniture, mattress and appliance store chain headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, United States. The chain has stores in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Within Texas Conns has stores in Greater Houston, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Greater San Antonio, Greater El Paso, Greater Corpus Christi, Southeast Texas, and South Texas. In 1890, Edward Eastham founded Eastham Plumbing and Heating Company in Beaumont, TX. First National Bank of Beaumont took over the company and renamed it Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in 1931. Plumbing and Heating, Inc. hired Carol Washington Conn, Sr. in 1933. He purchased the company one year later and changed the name to Conn Plumbing and Heating Company. In 1937, Conns began selling refrigerators and soon added gas ranges to its inventory. By 1940, Conn had purchased a store building and moved the company to 268 Pearl Street in Beaumont. The companys second store opened in 1959 on Eleventh Street in Beaumont. C.W. Conn, Jr. joined the company in 1953 after serving in the Korean War. He recognized that customers needed dependable, quality service and founded Conns retail service repair and maintenance subsidiary company, Appliance Parts and Service, in 1962. In 1964 he cofounded Conn Credit Corporation, a retail credit financing services company, to provide retail credit financing services to Conns customers.