After 5 decades, Buck's Unpainted Furniture closes its last store Sunday


Sunday will be the last chance to get your hands on furniture from a family-owned retailer that is closing down after more than 50 years in business.

Buck's Unpainted Furniture announced last year it intended to close its final store, on Lyndale Avenue South in Bloomington, once it had sold its remaining inventory – and that day has finally come.

On its Facebook page earlier this week, owners Roger and Ray Buck wrote: "If you haven't made it out to Buck's in Bloomington – this is your last chance. Thanks for the business, the memories and your friendship! Stop by and say last time."

The firm has been trading in the metro area for more than 55 years, but the Bucks said they'd been hit by growing competition from big-box and online retailers, as well as second-hand websites like Craigslist, that had been squeezing small, independent companies across the country.

The trend toward cheaper furniture that needs replacing more often also had an effect, and with Buck's selling furniture that was built to last, it meant fewer repeat customers.

The Bucks told KARE 11 another reason was the rise in working mothers. Previously, stay-at-home moms would buy their unpainted furniture to take on a do-it-yourself finishing project in their garage.

The company peaked in 2000, with annual sales of around $5 million, the TV station notes.

The Sun Current has charted the company's history from its beginnings on East Lake Street in the 1960s, to its final day in Bloomington tomorrow. Take a look at it here.

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