NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Businesses have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic over the past few months. One Luzerne County business will be closing its doors for good after being in business for 73 years.
“I need a new couch. Mine’s 13 years old. My son has slept on it when he comes to visit,” Patti Ream of Hunlock Creek said.
Ream and dozens of customers waited outside Wednesday morning of Noble Furniture in Nanticoke. It was the first day the store has been open since they temporarily closed back in March. Greg Hero says it’s sad to see the store go, as it’s been harder to find mom and pop stores when online shopping is becoming a popular alternative.
“The furniture lasts. It’s good quality, and we’re sorry to hear they are going out of business. And that’s why everyone is lined up here today,” Hero said.
Eyewitness News spoke to some of the customers that were waiting outside to get into the store and they told us that they’re going to miss that chance to test out that quality before making a final purchase.
“Over the years, we’ve bought quite a bit of furniture from Noble Furniture and it’s great stuff. It’s lasted us and I’m sorry to see places like him go out of business,” Mike Yashowitz of Mountain Top said.
Eyewitness News spoke to Rhys Evans, who has worked at Noble Furniture since 1994. He says business was great when he started in the ’90s, then there was a decline in the 2000s until business slightly increased in 2012. He says that was the most recent time business was doing really well.
“It was going down from 2012, it started going down. When the pandemic came along, it just hit rock bottom, closed for 10 weeks and it was just it,” Evans said.
Evans said he didn’t know how the first day open would go, but was shocked to see crowds of customers waiting outside.
“I didn’t know what to expect. My Facebook page was blowing up since 7:00 this morning as well as the store’s page,” Evans said.
Noble Furniture says all items are 30 percent off and they anticipate getting everything out of the store by the end of the summer.
Noble Furniture says any remaining items that are not sold will be given to charity.