MOUNT VERNON — After 61 years, Connell’s Home Furnishings will be closing its doors, ending with a going out of business sale.
“After 61 years of furnishing the homes of Mount Vernon and surrounding communities, the decision has been made to close our store and go out of business,” reads an ad from Connell’s, announcing their upcoming closing.
There were a lot of dynamics that went into the decision to close, explained owner Curt Connell, which he said makes it difficult to name just one thing.
These dynamics include the changing industry with things moving more and more towards the Internet — which, Connell said, may have better prices, but don’t come with the same quality. It is also a very labor-intensive business, with every piece of furniture needing assembled by workers for each delivery Connell’s does, as well as the heavy lifting employees do during the deliveries.
Connell added that he is expecting the store to remain open for the next 8-10 weeks because they want to be there for the orders the customers have. They also get in a new batch of stock around every two weeks, so that will prolong the sale and add variety for the customers.
During the time they’re open, they will continue taking custom orders and delivering purchases. And, even if the showroom has been completely liquidated, they will still be operating until all of the orders and deliveries have been filled.
“Every customer will get their furniture,” Connell said.
The longtime Mount Vernon company plans to go out with a bang, offering great deals to its customers.
“I hope the public takes advantage of us while we’re here,” he added.
Connell said that the support of his family — his father and grandfather, who were the previous Connell’s owners, in particular — has been over-whelming. It was an emotional decision to close the store that has been in his family for so many years, but they supported that decision.
Connell added that, while they are sad to see the store go, the community has also been incredibly supportive.