Fifth generation furniture store looking for new location in Wallingford or North Haven – Meriden Record-Journal
WALLINGFORD — For almost 80 years, five generations of the Wilson family have run Wilson Furniture and Upholstery on South Colony Road.
This August, the Route 5 business hopes to relocate in Wallingford or North Haven, following the recent sale of the building to South Colony Realty LLC, owned by Patricia Kobrin, for $390,000. Kobrin is the owner of New England Dive, 476 N. Colony Road, which she said will relocate to the furniture store.
Clifford E. Wilson founded Wilson Furniture and Upholstery, originally known as C.E. Wilson Furniture, in 1934. The store moved to its present location, 1060 S. Colony Road, in 1938.
Several members of the Wilson family have worked at the store throughout its history.
“My father taught us that if we learned how to reupholster and repair furniture that we’d always have a job and a means to make a living,” owner Rich Wilson said.
He said the family values customer service.
“We have great love for our customers and we try to do the best that we can for them,” he said.
Rich Wilson’s wife, Robin, said the business has had customers “that have been coming for decades.”
“The personal service is the most important thing,” she said. “When you buy something from Wilson Furniture, you know they’re going to be there for you no matter what.”
The store formerly manufactured furniture, but today specializes in repairs and sales of smaller furniture and seat-lift chairs for customers with disabilities.
Rich Wilson will continue to repair furniture at the store’s new location, which has yet to be determined. The business must leave the current building by August. Rich Wilson hopes to remain in the Wallingford or North Haven area.
“There is a great need to preserve some of the older furniture that’s in homes,” he said. “North Haven and Wallingford has been very strong to us.”
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