Carolina Furniture closing down in Foster Township – Bradford Era



A furniture store that had been at the Bradford Mall for less than nine months is planning to close its doors.

The news of Carolina Furniture’s shutdown came as a surprise for Stacy Skaggs, who is manager at the store. She said she found out about the closing from listening to the radio on Thursday.

Skaggs said the company’s partners are “splitting.” Just when the Foster Township store would close is unknown, but she said that nearly $1 million in inventory remains to be sold.

For the Bradford area, Skaggs said the store performed as can be expected, and that a “nice furniture store” is needed.

“I really enjoyed working here. I wish it wasn’t closing,” she said.

When the Bradford location is closed for good, a total of five people will have lost their jobs, Skaggs said.

The Carolina Furniture showroom opened in February of this year. The furniture warehouse, which opened several months before at the back part of the former Ames building, will also close.

Skaggs said she believes a Carolina Furniture store in Orchard Park, N.Y., will remain open. Carolina Furniture also lost its lease at its Williamsville, N.Y., store.

At the Bradford Mall, the furniture warehouse and furniture showroom spaces are listed for lease on LoopNet, a real estate website. One of the spots totals 13,000 square feet, and the other 41,000 square feet.

Recckio Real Estate and Development Inc. of Williamsville, N.Y., has been brought on to help market the mall property. Broker Rick Recckio said such inquiries for new businesses on the mall parcel have been from restaurants and retail businesses. He declined to provide specific business names.

“The mall is booming, and we’re closing. Very sad,” Skaggs said.

Not counting the furniture store, businesses at the mall property include CNB Bank, Tractor Supply, Dollar Tree, PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc., TCC (The Cellular Connection), Vagabond’s End Gaming and Hobbies, Label Shopper, Big Lots, Peebles, Dunham’s Sports, the Beer Barn and Taco Bell.  

The Bradford area store will be the second business to shut down in Foster Brook in recent weeks. RadioShack at the Shops at Foster Brook closed after being at that location for several years. That store had been in the mall for many years before relocating to Foster Brook Boulevard.

But the closures aren’t stopping a business revival in Foster Brook. Sheetz is expected to open in less than a month at the former location of the Beer Barn. Earlier this month, the Little Beauty Shop opened in the Foster Brook Plaza, a new development behind Crosby’s/Tim Hortons.

Patrick Higgins, director of development at MBC Development, owners of the mall, did not immediately return an email or phone call seeking comment for this story.


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