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Desiree Weir (left), son Robbie (center), and Diana Perez (right) browse the floor models of living room sets at Home Town Furniture Tuesday. The local furniture business recently announced that it will be closing.

Local furniture business to shut doors

BARSTOW • Another local business will soon be closing down. The storefront windows at Home Town Furniture on 1001 East Main Street, which previously offered customers slashed discount rates, now bear the last enticement that any store can offer: “Going out of business. Sale — everything must go.”

The store sells items ranging from beds and dressers to sofas, decorative paintings and dining tables. Home Town manager Mario Saiz declined to comment on any issues regarding the store closing.

Smita Patel, who, along with her husband, owns Deluxe Cleaners across the street, said she had noticed that business had been slow for Home Town over the past few years.

Though Patel said she hadn’t seen many customer cars pulling into the furniture store’s parking lot, she was still caught off guard when she came into her shop Monday and noticed the big painted liquidation signs across the street.

“I was shocked,” said Patel.

Dan Virog, owner of the Furniture & Appliance Outlet in Barstow, said he’s seen the economy cause furniture industry sales to plummet 30 to 40 percent each year for the past two-and-a-half years.

“We’re an economy-based retail operation,” said Virog, noting that furniture is often a “want-to-have, not a need-to-have” industry.

“Another business closing in town is a hit for us all,” he added. “I believe people need choices.”

Virog opened the Furniture & Appliance Outlet 14 years ago and said Home Town began operating after his business started.

The store’s liquidation sale prompted some residents like Diana Perez and Desiree Weir to check out closing sale prices.

Perez said she was looking for a new guest room set for her home in Lenwood because she and her husband, a sergeant at Fort Irwin, will be hosting out-of-town family members soon.

“Maybe we can find some cheap new couches,” Perez added as she and Weir browsed the showroom floor Tuesday.

As a local business, Home Town was a regular contributor to the Toys For Tots charity auction during the Christmas telethon, according to former coordinator Mal Wessel.

“They gave us really nice stuff for the auction,” Wessel said, including items like chairs and couches.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4122 or elee@desertdispatch.com


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