Ashley Furniture closing GJ, Montrose stores

A man reads a sign that the Ashley Furniture Homestore on First Street was closed Tuesday, in preparation for an inventory close-out sale.



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A man reads a sign that the Ashley Furniture Homestore on First Street was closed Tuesday, in preparation for an inventory close-out sale.

Two Ashley Furniture Homestores in Grand Junction and one in Montrose will begin the process of going out of business when they reopen Thursday to begin liquidation sales.

Signs at the Ashley Furniture Homestore at 655 N. First St. in Grand Junction indicate the store’s sale will clear out all goods. The other locations are at 2958 North Ave. in Grand Junction and 15 W. Main St. in Montrose.

The national chain, which is franchised to independent owners, has experienced some closures in past years in other parts of the nation. Local store owners Treasure and Matthew Jerebker were not available for comment Tuesday, according to an employee who answered the phone at the First Street location.

According to a news release, the store will honor all customers’ existing orders.

Ashley Furniture Homestore owners a couple years ago donated money to keep the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens afloat while that nonprofit was struggling to cover operational costs.

American Furniture Warehouse, which is building a new store in Grand Junction, sells furniture created under the Ashley Industries label, the same brand sold by Ashley Furniture, in some stores, company spokeswoman Charlie Shaulis said.

Shaulis said she was not aware the local Ashley Furniture stores were closing.

Construction started in the fall on American Furniture Warehouse’s 150,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom near Gold’s Gym off U.S. Highway 6&50.

“We’re a ways out,” Shaulis said of the project’s completion, adding the target is the fall.

Kevin Meacham, co-owner of American Furniture, 865 North Ave., not to be confused with American Furniture Warehouse, said he is sorry to see Ashley Furniture go.

Although the store wasn’t direct competition for him, Meacham said, local businesses “keep the money local. I sure hate to see any business in Grand Junction close their doors. They certainly contribute to the economy.”

Although business has slowed during the economic downturn, Meacham said he has seen some good signs of economic renewal.

Furniture sales tend to be bolstered by new construction of homes and offices, and that market drastically tapered off in the Grand Valley in the past two years. However, people are spending on furniture again, maybe not to redecorate a whole home, but a room or two, Meacham said.

“We certainly noticed a dip, but not as much as people think,” he said.

Troy Holman, owner of Holman House Furniture, 2494 U.S. Highway 6&50, echoed those remarks, saying January is usually a busy month for his store, and traffic through the doors has been healthy. A strong selling point for most of his furniture is it’s made in the U.S., a point which customers increasingly ask about, he said.

The family-owned business contemplated expanding before the recession, but instead downsized. Holman said that decision helped keep the business afloat during the worst of the recession.  “We’re not out of the water by any means, but we are slowly coming back,” he said.



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