Morris Appliance, which opened 68 years ago in Macon, is closing its doors next week.
Store manager Ken White said he learned Wednesday from owner Lee Skinner that the store at 2117 Eisenhower Parkway would close Jan. 31.
White said Skinner was unavailable for comment.
Weve been hoping for a miracle, but it didnt come through, White said.
The business has been hit hard by the decline of business during and after the recession, he said.
We are very tied to the building industry, and theres not any (building) during the last few years, White said.
The business does not plan to hold a closing sale. It recently held its year-end clearance sale, and weve just left that pricing on the (appliances), he said.
About six years ago the company had nine employees, but its down to three now, said White, who has worked for Morris Appliance 25 years and is looking for another job.
The company will continue after it closes to service appliances bought from Morris. Service work will be provided by Morris Appliance repairman Darrell White, who can be reached at 731-8454, Ken White said.
We appreciate all our customers in the past, and we thank them for their business, he said.
Morris Appliance, founded by Buck Morris, began selling refrigerators, stoves and washing machines in 1946 at 350 Cherry St., across from what is now the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in downtown Macon.
About 12 years later, the business moved to the corner of Broadway and Cherry Street. It remained at this location for more than 20 years before moving to 1205 Eisenhower Parkway at Pio Nono Avenue. It moved to its current location on Eisenhower in 2004.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.