American Furniture ending long run

The floor at American Furniture Co.

American Furniture co-owner Kevin Meacham said factors in closing the store after 61 years included the difficulty in finding higher-end furniture made in this country and increasing costs of bringing it to Grand Junction.

American Furniture Co. in Grand Junction is closing, but its owners will reopen a related store in a few months, co-owner Kevin Meacham said Tuesday.

Meacham said the decision to close the 61-year-old store, which is at 865 North Ave., was based on a number of factors, including the cost of bringing products into the store and finding U.S. manufacturers who were making quality furniture.

Meacham said it will be just a few months before he reopens a new store “unlike anything Grand Junction has seen before.” He declined to say what that will be, other than it would be “furniture-related.”

American Furniture is not to be confused with the Englewood-based American Furniture Warehouse, which will open a store in Grand Junction this fall.

Meacham said he has been the only authorized La-Z-Boy dealer in town.

Some other furniture-store owners in Grand Junction said they heard Meacham’s new store would focus only on La-Z-Boy products, but Meacham declined to comment about it.

“I’ll say this, it will be a different animal,” he said. “People will be surprised.”

American Furniture Co. employs 14 workers. Meacham won’t say how many, if any, will be employed at the new facility.

The store’s announcement comes a few weeks after Ashley Furniture Homestore announced it would close its two Grand Junction locations at 655 N. First St. and 2958 North Ave., and its Montrose store at 15 W. Main St.

Franchised to independent owners, Ashley Furniture is a national chain that has closed outlets elsewhere around the nation in recent years.

Susan Wise, who owns and operates Bassett Home Furnishings at 325 W. Gunnison Ave. with her husband, Rick, said several furniture stores in town are bracing for the opening of American Furniture Warehouse. That store is expected to hire up to 150 workers for a new 150,000-square-foot warehouse near Gold’s Gym off U.S. Highway 6&50.

“Sometimes change is painful, and sometimes growth is painful, and we know a change in the market always affects the equilibrium,” Wise said. “But we do custom furniture, so we’ve seen an increase in business, and we’re still expecting to increase sales by 20 percent this year.”

Meacham said in addition to his finding it harder to find higher-end furniture made in the United States, freight costs were skyrocketing.

“It used to be that 80 percent of the good furniture out there was made in America, and 20 percent was from overseas,” he said. “Now that’s almost reversed. It’s a sad state of affairs for American workers.”

American Furniture will close Thursday and reopen Friday to begin selling off everything in its showroom and whatever is left in its warehouses. Meacham said discounts will be as high as 70 percent on some items.


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