With the advent of online shopping, it’s easier than ever to jump to your computer and order everything you need – including furniture. However, that means you can’t lay down on the mattress you’re contemplating or feel the fabric of the chairs you had your eye on before you put down your credit card. Now there will be even fewer places for this hands-on experience as two furniture retailers have announced they are closing brick-and-mortar locations. Read on to find out which stores are closing from December 3rd.
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Furniture store closures are on the rise.
Some longtime furniture retailers recently announced they would be closing their stores, including Rotmans Furniture, a staple in Worcester, Massachusetts. The 60-year-old shop will close its doors by the end of the year, The Boston Globe reported October. Rotmans launched a sale on October 14, and the store’s sales manager Barbara Kane confirms that the closure is intended to give the current CEO, Steve Rotmana chance to retire.
Homestead Furniture in Nescdeck, Pennsylvania, which has been in business since 1982, will also close in the coming months. No official closing date has been set and as of October 31, the business dissolution and liquidation sale was underway.
But while Rotmans and Homestead were standalone stores, two larger chains are now closing locations.
You will recognize this well-known brand.
If you’ve ever been in the market to close a deal on furniture, chances are you’ve visited an IKEA location. The Swedish company is known for its affordable and innovative decor, as well as its sometimes complicated assembly process. The retailer has about 456 stores worldwide and 70 in North America, but the latter number will soon drop to 69.
The furniture retailer announced on its website that a location in Queens, New York will see its final day on December 3, 2022. IKEA called the decision to close “difficult,” but said normal operations will continue for customers to “find affordable furnishings for every room in your home” until that December date.
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This IKEA was smaller than typical stores.
The 115,000 square foot IKEA is located in the Rego Center mall in Queens. In 2019, IKEA signed a 10-year lease with Rego Center’s owner, Vornado Realty Trust. Accordingly, it was part of an initiative to open smaller IKEA branches in cities trade observer. The “Outpost” location is about half the size of a typical store and sells mostly smaller items, although larger items can be ordered and delivered. However, those plans appear to have changed over time, with the store closing after less than two years.
“We tested and tried many new things and we were very proud to bring the first Ikea store to Queens in January 2021,” an IKEA spokesman said in a statement trade observer. “However, as we all know, the world has continually changed since then, and we have had to evolve our business and accelerate our transformation to ensure our business remains both profitable and sustainable.”
IKEA noted in a press release that the company “remains committed to the New York City area.” There is still an outpost in Red Hook, Brooklyn, per trade observerwhich has been in business since 2008.
best life has reached out to IKEA for comment on the Queens closure, but has not yet received a response.
Queens will soon lose another furniture store.
Huffman Koos, a popular furniture retailer with locations in New York and New Jersey, will also close two stores. The retailer announced the closures on its Facebook page, confirming that locations in both Freehold, New Jersey and the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York, will be closed.
“Nothing is being held back by massive additional discounts at the Huffman Koos Queens location on store-wide furniture and mattresses during this Queens-only store sale!! Hurry!” reads a Facebook post. A similar post adds that customers “can’t wait another minute” or they’ll miss out on sales at the Freehold site.
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The brand is over 100 years old.
Huffman Koos cites a “lost lease” as the reason for both closures, adding that they have to vacate the premises. The stores don’t have a confirmed closing date, but when they do close, Huffman Koos will have four locations in total, two in New York and two in New Jersey.
The former owner of the Huffman Koos brand, Breuners Home Furnishings Corp., reportedly once operated 47 stores in six states under the Huffman Koos and Good’s Furniture names The Asbury Park Press. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2004, with Huffman Koos then being acquired by Andrew Mehran, a former owner of furniture chain Moda. The brand itself dates back to 1917 when the first store was opened by the Koos brothers in Rahway, New Jersey. Per The Asbury Park Pressit became Huffman Koos in 1970 through the merger with Huffman Boyle Furniture.
best life has also reached out to Huffman Koos for more information on the closures, but has received no response.