Chester Furniture going out of business after 37 years: Patrons sad

CHESTER – In business since 1985, Chester Furniture is closing its doors forever. Patrons are wondering where they will buy home furnishings in the future.

The store located directly across from Auto Zone has had two owners: Mark Beard and Gary Wright.

On Sunday, a “going out of business announcement” was made on Facebook. Patrons were invited to shop the final inventory, “Everything must go. No reasonable offer will be refused.”

As I drove into the parking lot, furniture was flying out the door. Well, hauled by muscle power to truck beds and trailers.

“We’ve been dealing with this wonderful company for years. They have quality furniture and excellent customer service,” Laurel Rothenberger of Chester said. “Twenty people were in line ahead of us before they opened the door this morning.”

Ray and Laurel Rothenberger of Chester cover the sofa they purchased at Chester Furniture Store on behalf of Laurel's mom Ethel Blaha of Enon.

Customers were scattered around the showroom looking for something to snag before someone else scooped it up. There was a “Cheers” theme vibe going on… “Where everybody knows your name. And, they’re always glad you came.”

I spotted Kimberly Lewis, owner of Suit Up Poker, who I featured in a story years ago. She was quick to share her sentiments about the family-owned business closing.

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