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Art Van to close stores, liquidation begins Friday

AVF Holdings Inc., the parent of Art Van Furniture, announced today it has made the decision to wind down operations and begin liquidation sales at all of its company owned stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio.

The decision affects five stores in the Greater St. Louis region, including the location in O’Fallon, Ill.

The company operates under the brands Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors. Levin & Wolf Furniture in Ohio and Pennsylvania will be sold to Robert Levin, pending court approval.  Eight Wolf Furniture stores in Maryland and Virginia will also be liquidated.

“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 to the number one furniture and mattress retailer in the Midwest.

“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,” said Charles.

The liquidation sales will begin Friday, March 6, at all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri, and select Wolf stores in Maryland and Virginia.

Earlier story here

In 2017, the president of the Rothman Furniture chain signed a franchise agreement that allowed for several of the stores to become Art Van Furniture locations after the Rothman chain closed.

The franchise agreement between Jay Steinback (right in picture), president and CEO of the St. Louis-based Rothman Furniture & Mattress, was announced by Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture, and Steinback.

The new franchise partnership added seven stores to Art Van Furniture’s roster, but did not include the former Alton location.

File photo: Mike Billiet, left, Art Van Furniture Franchise Sales and Operations Director, and Jay Steinback, right, then-owner/operator Art Van Furniture St. Louis, at one of the five St. Louis store ribbon-cutting ceremonies in 2017.

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