Family closing Schier’s Furniture in Waynesboro after 39 years – Herald-Mail Media

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Harry Morningstar Jr. was fluffing accent pillows and rehabilitating drab facades long before HGTV dedicated hours of television programming to those practices.

But Morningstar now is in the process of shuttering Schier’s Furniture, bringing about the end of an era for his family and downtown Waynesboro.

Schier’s Furniture Market was the lone holdout among Waynesboro’s five downtown furniture retailers.

The seller of La-Z-Boy, Serta and other national brands struggled in the Great Recession and never recovered as shopping habits continued to change.

“The big boxes are tough. The internet is tougher,” Morningstar said Monday.

A liquidation company was brought in to sell off 3,300 pieces of home furnishings divided among two showrooms, one in Waynesboro and the other in Chambersburg, Pa.

Morningstar’s parents owned a wallpaper, drapes and painting business when he was studying interior design in college.

For a class project, he created a reimagined facade for the borough’s former central-market building and, with his parents’ help, rehabilitated that building for furniture sales in 1978.

On Monday, Morningstar, 60, fondly looked over photographs of longtime employees pictured in front of that market building.

Morningstar said he plans to retain ownership of the buildings, which are among the largest in the downtown business district. He intends to bring in new entities, as he did with a former appliance store that now houses the Waynesburger restaurant.

His brother, Chuck Morningstar, modeled Waynesboro Floor Covering’s warehouse off an old firehouse.

“We don’t desert buildings,” Harry Morningstar Jr. said of his family. “We simply convert them.”

Morningstar has rehabilitated the facades of several other residential and commercial buildings in Waynesboro. His other downtown revitalization projects include the installation of brick sidewalks.

His immediate plans include long weekend trips with his wife, but he said they always will come back to Waynesboro.

“We’re not going anywhere,” Morningstar said.


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