Furniture store closing all Michigan locations

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The liquidation sales will take place at all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. Photo via fb.com

A regional furniture company is feeling the sting of changing retail.

AFV Holdings Inc., the parent company of Art Van Furniture, recently announced it is winding down operations amidst a harsh retail climate and will begin liquidation sales at all of its company-owned stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio on March 6.

The liquidation sales will take place at all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, and at select Wolf Furniture stores in Maryland and Virginia.

"Despite our best efforts to remain open, the company's brands and operating performance have been hit hard by a challenging retail environment," said Diane Charles, Art Van Furniture spokesperson. "We recognize the extraordinary retail, community and philanthropic legacies that Art Van Furniture has built for decades in the community."

Art Van Elslander, opened his first furniture store in metro Detroit in 1959, growing it into the major furniture and mattress retailer it is today.

"On behalf of the company, we want to offer our sincere appreciation to our employees for their dedication, commitment and hard work. We also want to extend our gratitude to the many customers, vendors, franchisees, charities and communities who have supported these retailers," Charles said.

AFV Holdings operates under the brands Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, Scott Shuptrine Interiors, Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture.

Both Levin and Wolf furniture companies were acquired by AFV in 2017.

Levin and Wolf will be sold to Levin’s CEO Robert Levin, pending court approval. Eight Wolf Furniture stores in Maryland and Virginia also will be liquidated.

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