Pennsylvania furniture store closes after 41 years

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NESCOPECK, Pa. — After 41 years of store ownership and 45 total years in the industry, the owner of Homestead Furniture is retiring and closing the business here.

Mike Vogt, owner/CEO of Homestead Furniture, hired Planned Furniture Promotions to conduct an exit sale. All warehouse and showroom inventory will be sold at a discount before closing, and the Nescopeck showroom building is for sale. Online sales from its website have already been halted.

Vogt started in the furniture industry as a delivery driver in 1977 after serving in the US Army. His next job was general manager for another furniture retailer before opening Homestead Furniture in 1981.

“For 45 years I worked long hours, including nights and weekends, and decided it was time to move on to the next chapter in life and take it a little slow” , Vogt said. “I’ve been blessed with great customers, wonderful long-term loyal employees, and a chance to give back to the community, but it’s getting harder and harder to meet the schedule.”

Homestead began in 1981 at the former location of Millers Furniture in Nescopeck. In 1986, a major addition and remodeling led to rapid growth and additional employees. In 1990, Homestead acquired the former inside sales location one block from its main store and converted it into a warehouse and retail outlet.

In 2011, flooding from Tropical Storm Lee caused major damage to the main showroom, so the two stores were consolidated into its new location in Nescopeck and a warehouse in Berwick was opened.

Homestead offers brands such as Sealy, Flexsteel, Vaughan-Bassett, Alexvale, Ashley and many more.

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Thomas Lester is Retail Editor for Furniture Today and Digital Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College’s mass communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering a range of topics, from community news, government, education, ACC sports, professional baseball and more before joining Furniture Today. in 2013. Contact me with your story ideas, tips and more at [email protected]

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