Home Furnishing Stores See Comeback After COVID-Related Shutdowns

The pandemic hit furniture stores hard when, deemed nonessential, they were forced to shut down.

The pandemic hit furniture stores hard when, deemed nonessential, they were forced to shut down.

Monica Edington, co-owner with Wayne Coats of Pilgrim House Furniture in Okemos and Jackson, said times were uncertain when the business had to close in March and furlough employees.

“But we have been blessed by being able to bring back 100% of our staff,” she added.

Yet Edington warned that industrywide materials shortages and understaffed trucking companies have some deliveries taking up to 14 weeks. She urged anyone planning a furniture purchase to not delay, adding that Pilgrim House has its own trucks making deliveries statewide.

Jacob Hill, store manager of Bradly’s HG in Lansing’s Old Town, described efforts to make the store safer.

“We rearranged the product by section so people could find what they needed quickly and marked arrows on the floor to create traffic flow,” he said.

He said that Bradly’s interior design services and phone orders helped tremendously, and that the pandemic spurred the store on to finish its website. Now Bradly’s is seeing national and even international sales, leaving Hill to happily conclude there were “positives among the chaos.”

Cricket’s Home Furnishings in Dimondale, whose niches include flooring and lighting sales to builders, is also recovering well. Owner Beverly Fritts said, “Our interior designers and furniture sales have been very busy, and all of our employees have returned to work.”

Visit these stores at cricketshomefurnishings.com, bradlyshg.com andpilgrimhousefurniture.com.

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