COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – After nearly 80 years of business, the Raymond Rowe Furniture store in Uptown Columbus will be closing its doors for good.
On this Saturday afternoon, Raymond Rowe has a rejuvenated buzz as shoppers go in, out, and all around the store.
For the many people like Johney Mae Berry, this may be the last time they can browse around the 5-story furniture giant in downtown Columbus.
"It's been a blessing for a long time, and unfortunately, we're going out of business," said Randall Rowe, the Vice President of Raymond Rowe Furniture
Always a family business. The furniture store started with Randall Rowe's great grandfather selling furniture out of the back of his truck, eventually making the decision to start a full-time furniture business.
"My granddad took over and kind of blew it into something big. My granddad, my dad, my two aunts and my grandmother really made it into a great business," Rowe said
Moving into the Broadway location in the early 1960's, Raymond Rowe has stood the test of time. But like all great things, Randall Rowe says, they must come to an end.
"Independent furniture stores have had a very hard time hanging in there against chains. And we've done better than a lot of most. Columbus has really supported us well," said Rowe
After 74 years of business in downtown Columbus. The store is going out of business for good. A part of Columbus' shopping history that's sure to be missed.
There is no set closing date for the store. They plan to remain open until all inventory is sold.