Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Fri, August 8 2014 at 4:35 PM, Updated: Fri, August 8 2014 at 7:07 PM
Medford, Ore. -- Larson's Home Furnishings has been a staple of the Rogue Valley for 69 years, but that is about to change.
"We're going to be shutting our doors," announced Troy Larson, son of owner Bruce Larson.
It was Troy's grandparents, Al and Scottie Larson who first opened up the store as an an appliance repair shop in 1945 along Main Street.
"That is where we started learning the business," Larson said.
"My dad repaired appliances, literally putting himself through college repairing appliances. And in 1964, my dad took over the company and of course turned it into what you guys know as Larson's today, which is significantly different."
Today, the business has expanded to 2 buildings, connected by a sky bridge at 10th and Fir.
While the retail store has been impacted by the struggling economy, it did not have an impact on the decision to close the store.
"My dad is just ready to retire. He has had a long run, he deserves some time to relax, a little R&R, and you know, he is ready to move on to that period of his life."
Larson says his dad has loved every minute of working, and that is in thanks part to his employees. He also says they couldn't have done it with out the support of the Rogue Valley.
"Every cowboy hits his last rodeo and this is pretty much it for us," said Larson.
There is no word on an exact date the store will close, which currently has a liquidation sale.
At the end of the month, that will turn into a going out of business sale.
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