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

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

Chester Furniture, open since 1985 in Chester, Virginia, went bankrupt.

CHESTER — In business since 1985, Chester Furniture is closing its doors for good. Patrons wonder where they will buy furniture for their home in the future.

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

A “discontinuance announcement” was made on Facebook on Sunday. Patrons were invited to shop the final inventory, “Everything must go. No reasonable offer will be refused.’

By the time I pulled into the parking lot, furniture was flying through the door. Well, pulled by muscle power to truck beds and trailers.

“We have been working with this wonderful company for years. They have quality furniture and excellent customer service,” said Laurel Rothenberger of Chester. “Twenty people lined up before us before they opened the door this morning.”

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

Customers were scattered around the showroom looking for something to grab before someone else took it. It had a “Cheers” themed vibe… “Where everyone knows your name. And they’re always glad you came.”

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

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