Aunt Zelda’s Furniture on Riverside Drive at Pierce Avenue in Macon is closing after it sells all of its merchandise in the store and from its Macon warehouses.
The store is temporarily closed and will reopen Thursday for its “wall-to-wall, no holds barred, total store liquidation,” according to the company’s Web site.
Aunt Zelda’s, which has been in business for 15 years, will keep its Warner Robins store open at 150 S. Houston Lake Road, and plans include expanding that store, said Brian Edwards who co-owns the business with his wife, Angela Edwards.
The Macon store will remain open as long as it takes to clear out merchandise, Edwards said.
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“I wouldn’t think it would be more than 13-14 weeks,” he said.
During the first few weeks of the close-down, the business will be open on Sundays, he said.
Even though a sign posted on the building states the business lost its lease, Edwards said the business is now on a month-to-month lease, and he expects it can remain there as long as it takes to sell off its merchandise.
Several factors went into the decision to close the Macon store, he said.
“It was a perfect storm, in a negative way,” Edwards said.
The couple looked to relocate in north Bibb County several years ago, but never found a site or existing building to suit their needs, he said. Then sales became soft when the economy began to falter.
On top of that, the pending Interstate 75 project that will affect the Pierce Avenue interchange near the business, “eventually will be great but it will be kind of disruptive,” during construction, he said.
“We are seeing a little better bounce back in Warner Robins as far as the economy goes, compared to the Macon store,” he said.
About eight people are employed at the Macon store and “no one will lose their job,” Edwards said. The company’s operations people, deliverymen and sales people will transfer to Warner Robins.
Plans are to add about 3,200 square feet of space to the Aunt Zelda’s store in Warner Robins, he said. It currently has about 9,500 square feet.
“It will enable us to carry some furniture lines that sold well in Macon that we didn’t have in Warner Robins because of limited space,” Edwards said.
Even after the Macon store closes, it may not be the final chapter.
“We haven’t totally put it out of the question to come back to Macon in the future,” he said. “In two-three years, who knows? If something comes up, it’s possible. Macon is a great market for us, but Riverside Drive is just drying up.”
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.