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Genghis Khan bids Guam adios

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AFTER 40 years of providing Guam homeowners and businesses with the best furniture, Genghis Khan is closing its doors—for good.

Mrs. Anna Kao, center, with Governor Felix Camacho and First Lady Joann
Photo by Sweet One Gilliam

From its humble beginnings, the Taiwan-born entrepreneur Anna Wang Kao and her husband, Robert, grew their furnishing business into a multi-million empire with practically every home on the island having a piece of their furniture.

Mrs. Kao first came to Guam when she was recruited as a sales manager for the furniture store at Andersen Air Force Base in 1970 after she had been selling furniture for two years in Taiwan directly to visiting Guam families including her first customer, Mrs. Maria Ada.

Shortly after their arrival on Guam, Genghis Khan Furniture was created in 1972 with a newly opened 890-square foot space in the James Lee Asia Plaza.

An active community volunteer and civic leader, Mrs. Kao was recently awarded a resolution acknowledging her great contributions to her adopted homeland.

Speaker Judith Won Pat Borja said, “The resolution is presented of course to recognize and thank her for providing this type of service to our people when during a time there weren’t other businesses offering comparable services.
She has known the needs of our community and has responded.”

The grandchild of Mrs. Kao’s first client, Peter Sgro, said: “I know my grandparents were close to Anna and she deserves this recognition. As long as I have known her she has been full of energy and vibrancy.”

Mrs. Kao has furnished the homes of governors, representatives to Congress, the Legislature, the governor’s office and other prominent business and public officials.

But she said it’s time to take a rest.

“I am tired, I have been in business for over 40 years and it is time for me to rest,” she said.

The well-loved Mrs. Kao had Governor Felix Camacho, First Lady Joann, GOP gubernatorial candidate Sen. Eddie Calvo, the speaker, and other distinguished members of the community at her shop when she was presented the resolution.

“Anna Kao has served the community though thick and thin, good and bad, whether natural disaster and calamities have occurred, she has endured, prospered and helped others, to establish businesses including some of her other family members,” the governor said.

The First Lady added Kao has a major influence in her home.

“My design style is traditional yet contemporary and I favor an elegant Tropical Island feel,” she said.

She said Mrs. Kao’s decision to close her shop was due to family matters.

“Anna said she needs to take care of her father who is 92 years old and her husband who has been ill. We know she is a monument on the island. She has decorated with her furnishing the Governor’s House and government offices as well,” she said. *The “End of an Era” final sale hours of operation are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The store will be closed on Wednesdays. Genghis Khan Furniture is located at 177A Ilipog Ave. in Harmon.

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