With the rise of online shopping, it’s easier than ever to go to your computer and place an order for everything you need, including furniture. But what that means is that you can’t lie on the mattress you’re thinking about or feel the fabric on the chairs you had your eye on before you put in that credit card. Now, there will be even fewer places for that hands-on experience, as two furniture retailers have announced they will be closing brick-and-mortar stores. Read on to find out which stores are closing, effective December 3rd.
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Some longtime furniture retailers have recently announced that they are closing their stores, including Rotmans Furniture, a staple store in Worcester, Massachusetts. The 60-year-old store will close until the end of the year, The Boston Globe reported in October. Rotmans started a close-of-deal sale on October 14, and the store’s sales manager barbara kane confirmed that the closure aims to give the current CEO, Steve Rotmana chance to retire.
Homestead Furniture in Nescopeck, 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 closing sale and liquidation was underway.
But while Rotmans and Homestead were single stores, two larger chains are now closing locations.
If you’ve ever been to the market to make 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 approximately 456 stores globally and 70 in North America, but the latter number will drop to 69 soon.
The furniture retailer announced on its website that a location in Queens, New York will have its last day on December 3, 2022. IKEA called the decision to close “difficult” but said it will continue normal operations for customers “find affordable furniture for every room in your home” until December.
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The 115,000-square-foot IKEA is located inside Queens’ Rego Center mall. In 2019, IKEA signed a 10-year lease with the owner of the Rego Center, Vornado Realty Trust. It was part of an initiative to open smaller IKEA stores in cities, according to Commercial Observer🇧🇷 The “outpost” location is approximately half the size of a typical store, selling mostly smaller merchandise, with larger pieces available to order and deliver. Those plans, however, seem to have changed over time, as the store will close in less than two years.
“We have tested and tried many new things and we are very proud to bring the first Ikea store to Queens in January 2021,” an IKEA spokesperson said in a statement to Commercial 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 profitable and viable for the future.”
IKEA noted in a press release that the company remains “committed to the New York City area.” There is still an outpost located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, by Commercial Observerwhich has been on the market since 2008.
best life reached out to IKEA for comment on the Queens closure, but has yet to hear back.
Huffman Koos, a beloved furniture retailer with branches in New York and New Jersey, will also close two stores. The retailer announced the closures on its Facebook page, confirming that locations in Freehold, New Jersey, and the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York, will be closed.
“Nothing will be held back from additional huge Huffman Koos Queens store discounts on furniture and mattresses throughout the store during this Queens-only store close 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 location.
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Huffman Koos cites a “lost lease” as the reason for both closures, adding that they must vacate the premises. The stores don’t have a confirmed closing date, but when they do, Huffman Koos will have four locations in total, two in New York and two in New Jersey.
Previous owner of the Huffman Koos brand, Breuners Home Furnishings Corp., once operated 47 stores in six states under the Huffman Koos and Good’s Furniture names, according to Asbury Park Press🇧🇷 The company filed for bankruptcy in 2004, with Huffman Koos then acquired by André Mehran, former owner of the Moda Furniture chain. The brand itself dates back to 1917 when the first store was opened by the Koos brothers in Rahway, New Jersey. Per Asbury Park Pressbecame Huffman Koos when it merged with Huffman Boyle Furniture in 1970.
best life also reached out to Huffman Koos for more information about the closures, but did not hear back.