After nearly 70 years, Donahues Furniture is closing it’s doors. The store held a liquidation sale through the weekend.
Nancy Arsenault, who owns the store along with her brother David Donahue and her sister Patty Donahue, mentioned that some recent deaths in the family have affected their decision to close the store.
“Our parents recently passed away, as did our sister Linda. The long term goal was always to close the store when our parents passed,” Arsenault said. “We’ve been in the business for 30 years and there are other things that we would all like to do, and do them while we are still young enough to do them.”
The company was founded in 1948 by Harold and Dorothy Donahue, and moved to the current location at 15 Wall St. in 1954. The family also operated a RV business for many years before settling on the furniture store full-time in 1980. Harold Donahue passed away in October 2015 and Dorothy passed away in December 2016.
“All of my siblings have gone away and done something else, but we have always come back to the furniture business,” Arsenault said. “It is nice to be working with your family.”
The store sits on about an acre of land on Wall Street; according to propertyshark.com the property is worth $796,000. The current building was constructed in 1965.
Arsenault said that the community has been very responsive to the closing, citing Donahues as one of the oldest small businesses in Burlington.
“People have been really sad to see us go. There are not that many original Burlington businesses left in the town, and people like the small-hassle free store,” Arsenault.