Dodson Furniture shutting down
By Kristen Russo
After more than 40 years in the furniture business, Barry Dodson is closing shop.
The owner of Dodson Furniture said his lease is ending on the building located “not in but across from the Eastwood Mall in Niles.”
The building’s owner is planning to sell the space, Dodson said.
“I’ve been here since the doors opened. We don’t plan to go any place else,” he said. “It’s a sad thing to me.”
Dodson said he tried to buy the building a few times in the 1990s, but at that time, the owner wasn’t selling. Now that the owner is selling, Dodson isn’t really looking to buy.
“The economy is not good for furniture stores right now,” he said, alluding to other furniture stores in the Mahoning Valley that have closed in recent years.
England Custom Furniture Direct and Eckert’s Interiors, both in Boardman, closed last year. Eckert’s Interiors had been in business for 98 years.
In 2008, Poland Furniture Accessories closed. The Boardman furniture store had been in business since 1953.
Dodson said he has been selling furniture in the space across from the Eastwood Mall since 1970.
He and some business partners leased the building in May of that year. They opened the store, then called Furniture Land, that fall.
In 1983, Dodson bought out his partners and gave the store its current name.
Matt Dodson, sales manager at Dodson Furniture and brother of the owner, has worked in the store since 1978.
He said he has mixed emotions about the closing.
“I’m going to miss coming in here every day. ... It’s been a big part of my life,” Matt Dodson said.
The furniture retailer is hosting a store-closing sale through the end of the month and plans to close its doors for the final time in May.
Dodson said an exact date has not yet been set.
Signs outside the store advertise furniture at prices up to 70 percent off the retail value.
Because customer purchases are financed through an outside company, the store still is offering financing. It also is continuing its delivery service.
Carl Leveto, 84, of Warren was at the store Thursday looking for furniture deals.
Leveto said he has been to the store a few times, but he has never bought anything.
“They’ve been here a long time. I don’t know why they’re closing,” he said. “It’s a nice store.”