DELTA TWP. – Two furniture stores on Saginaw Highway will shuffle locations without leaving the township, starting this summer.

One business is downsizing, while the other needs more space.

Unclaimed Freight Furniture & Mattress will close its store at 8439 W. Saginaw Hwy. by May 31 after an eight-year stint at the 17,000-square-foot property.

By this fall it will re-open as La-Z-Boy Furniture, which will re-locate from its current spot two blocks away at 6025 W Saginaw Hwy.

La-Z-Boy franchise owner Lynn Vermeulen said the space he’s leased since 2009 is too big for his business. Right now his store only utilizes half of the 30,000-square-foot space.

“The new space is smaller but it’s exactly the size that I need,” Vermeulen said. “And it’s right off the highway.”

Vermeulen said he hopes to reopen by September there.

Unclaimed Freight Furniture & Mattress owners Joe and Staci French of Potterville say while they’ve sold their Saginaw Highway store to Vermeulen, they want to stay in Delta Township.

Joe French said they’ve simply run out of inventory and showroom space at their building, a former Ethan Allen furniture store. It’s one of two locations they currently operate. The other is a 15,000-square-foot former grocery store in Potterville that’s utilized as an inventory warehouse. By June the business will reopen a 5,000-square-foot location it leases in the Meridian Mall that closed six months ago for remodeling.

“We’ve got a warehouse on our show room floor,” he said on Tuesday pointing to stacked bunk beds, couches and dining room tables wrapped in plastic at the rear of the Saginaw Highway store. “We’ve outgrown it and we need more space. I mean I have stuff stacked all the way to the ceiling.”

Inventory is important in the furniture business, Joe French said, because customers are more likely to buy if the item they need is in stock.

“They don’t want to wait two, three or eight weeks to get it, so we try and stock as much as we can,” he said.

Joe French said he’s already looking at a few potential locations for reopening a store along Saginaw Highway. He hopes to move into one of them later this year.

In the meantime he said staff hope to sell most of the items at the Saginaw store before the end of May. Discounts will be offered to help move inventory before the store closure, Joe French said.

The company will open its Potterville warehouse for customer sales until a new space is secured, Joe French said.

Contact Rachel Greco at (517) 528-2075 or rgreco@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @GrecoatLSJ.