Berry's Furniture closing after 37 years of business

Berry's Furniture closing after 37 years of business

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on March 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Berry's Furniture -- a fixture in Rock Hill and Lancaster -- is going out of business after nearly 40 years.

Employees spent the day Tuesday unwrapping chairs and couches, getting ready for the store's quitting business sale.

"What we need is a dump truck in here," said employee Steve Elliott, while dealing with all the plastic.

Loading, unloading, tearing and assembling has been Elliott's job at Berry's for 16 years. He isn't sure what job he'll do next.

"I'm still looking, though," Elliot said.

Berry's was a family furniture store in Lancaster nearly 40 years ago. It moved to Cherry Road and then off Dave Lyle Boulevard for the last eight years.

Owner Tony Berry says the business boomed just a few years ago.

"October '08 is when the music stopped. And it wasn't like it slowed -- it was amazing how quickly the business stopped," Berry said.

The economy tanked and people stopped buying furniture. Berry says overseas competition, plus retailers like Target and Walmart getting into the furniture business contributed, too.

"That furniture apple is getting smaller and there are a lot more people taking bites," Berry said.

The beginning of the end starts this Thursday at 10 a.m. Prices are reduced for the quitting business sale.

"Feel like I've lost a friend," Berry said.

Once all the furniture is gone, Berry's is gone for good -- 37 years after it started.

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