BUSINESS CLOSING … Owners Jason King and Carrie King are closing down KingsFurniture to focus on the Holly Jolly Christmas Shop that they own inWest Unity and Swanton. (PHOTO BY DANIEL COOLEY, STAFF)
By: Daniel Cooley
King’s Sleep Shop and Home Furnishings, West Unity’s most famous business and possibly the village’s most successful business, is closing its doors for good.
The store’s other furniture shop, located in Fremont Indiana, will be closing down for good on November 7.
No closing date is given yet for the West Unity store but owners Jason and Carrie King would like to close down by Thanksgiving.
ason King, a 1995 Hilltop grad and his wife Carrie first opened King’s Furniture in West Unity in 1999.
While the planned closure comes after 23 years of business, the reason for closing down has nothing to do with a lack of business.
“Even during Covid, we’ve always had a full warehouse and we’ve always been known for our quality furniture,” King said.
“We have customers from (three states}, at a 60-70 mile radius. But we also own two Holly Jolly Christmas stores (in West Unity and Swanton) and we want to focus on expanding those stores.”
Right now, Holly Jolly is only open from October through December but King said that they are planning to expand the amount of months that they are openpossibly as early as next year.
In the meantime, King couldn’t help but look back a bit on the success of the furniture business.
“We have a 12,000 mailing list and I’m confident that we’ve pretty much talked to everyone in the county,” King said.
“We’ve sold furniture to all four mayors of the village over the last 23 years, plus some of the county commissioners.”
King said that they have product for all different economic levels and over the years have given well over 1,000 mattresses to Bed Brigade, providing beds for children who did not have beds.
“It’s sad and we’re going to miss the furniture business, but we are excited about the new venture,” King said.
“We have a plan in place and we don’t want to leave West Unity with any empty buildings.” The Holly Jolly Christmas Shop currently is found in seven buildings in West Unity.
In the meantime, though, King’s is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are open daily and encourage customers to come in and check out the discount deals that we have,” King said.
“Customers are really happy with the discounts they are getting. (Sometimes, though), people are coming back (after not making a decision) and finding things are sold and that has happened a lot.”
However, King said that there are plenty of good deals to be had.
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