Memo: Sofa Express and More to begin closing stores
Clint Engel -- Furniture Today, 12/3/2007 1:28:00 PM
Store managers receive letter today
GROVEPORT, Ohio. — Sofa Express and More is telling its employees that it will begin closing stores Tuesday, according to a store manager who asked not to be identified.
The Top 100 company sent a letter to store managers today saying it knows the past few weeks have been stressful and asked that “you hold on for one more day.”
Attached was a notification letter to employees stating that “despite attempts to secure our financial future, Sofa Express has determined that it must close your facility due to its financial situation, resulting in the termination of your employment.”
The letter said that closings would begin Dec. 4, but that the date employees would lose their jobs hasn’t been determined.
The manager who confirmed the information believed that similar letters went to all Sofa Express and More managers. At this store, employment already has been cut by more than half, the manager said.
Sofa Express is owned by Klaussner, which has referred question to Sofa Express President and CEO Woolard Harris. Harris has not returned calls seeking comment.
The manager said the letters today have been the only substantial communication stores have received from Sofa Express corporate since Nov. 8, when they were told they could no longer do custom orders.
The company currently has 44 stores, primarily in Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas.