who has the nicer furniture between these two stores?
Hickory Furniture Mart
Not sure you could really say one has "nicer" furniture than the other. Both represent a large number of manufacturers, including many high-end brands.
Bud, just curious--why do you say Hickory?
I found it easier to navigate Hickory Furniture Mart than Furnitureland South. I visited both several times before purchasing at the Mart. I found it easier to hone in on pieces that matched my interest and style, and I liked the approach and customer focus of the sales people there. Furnitureland South always overwhelmed me. Further, I had a bad experience using the online option for FS when a piece that interested me because of its quality and price proved to be posted in error. After several phone conversations ending in the disappointing news of the item's unavailability, it remained posted for weeks. An error, or a way to draw prospective customers in?