Another 14 Thomasville corporate stores closing

Heath E. Combs, September 20, 2013

ST. LOUIS — Bankrupt industry giant Furniture Brands International plans to close another 14 corporately owned Thomasville stores in the next 60 days, according an email sent to company personnel from the division's president.

A media spokesman for Furniture Brands, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, declined to comment. The e-mail was sent earlier this month by Thomasville President Kathy Veltri.

Veltri's e-mail said that five company-owned Thomasville stores are already closed in Greenville, S.C.; Buford, Ga.; Brookfield, Conn.; Geneva, Ill., and High Point.

It also said that another 14 stores will close in Shelby, Mich.; Sterling, Va.; Destin, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Wellington, Fla.; Langhorne, Pa.; Las Vegas; Maple Grove, Minn.; O'Fallon, Mo.; Portland, Ore.; Orange and Manchester, Conn.; and Madison, Wis.

The site, last updated on Sept. 13, lists 84 "Thomasville of" branded dealers in the United States - 45 of which are FBI corporate stores, industry sources report. The remaining 39 are owned by independent dealers.

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