SIOUX CITY — A high-end furniture retailer is coming to downtown Sioux City.

Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furnishings, owned by Minnesota-based Hom Furniture, intends to open a showroom in space adjoining the second-floor of the Hom Furniture store in the former Younkers building at Fourth and Pierce streets.

Construction is under way on the Gabberts showroom, which is expected to open in March, creating four to five new jobs, Jerry Underwood, executive director of marketing for Hom Furniture brands, said Tuesday.

Another Gabberts showroom is planned for Sioux Falls in Hom Furniture's new retail center on South Louise Avenue. That's in addition to Gabberts' flagship location in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina.

Since acquiring the high-end, independent retailer in 2008, Hom has planned to expand the Gabberts brand in the Midwest.

Gabberts, founded in 1946, offers interior design services and sells luxury furniture brands that include Stickley, Lexington, Century, Hancock and Moore.

Hom Furniture expects Gabberts to fill a niche in the upper end and designer portion of the Siouxland funiture market, which the company considers somewhat underserved, Underwood said.

In July 2009, the Coon Rapids, Minn.-based retailer moved its downtown Sioux City Hom Furniture store to remodeled space in the former Town Square mall. The new 60,000-square-foot showroom on two levels is three times larger than its previous site.

The space had been vacant since Younkers closed its downtown department store in February 2007.