Art Van liquidation sales begin Friday after closure announcement

Posted at 4:13 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 05:27:19-05

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Liquidation sales begin at all Art Van Furniture stores on Friday, just one day after the company announced it was closing all stores.

The company has more than 190 stores in five states with more than 3,100 employees, and has been around for more than 60 years.

Art Van Elslander, opened his first furniture store in metro Detroit in 1959, growing it to the number one furniture and mattress retailer in the Midwest. A year before his death Art Van was sold to a private equity firm in Boston.

The sales will begin Friday at all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missourri.

“For our vendors, our suppliers, our charities. We’ve supported all these people and organizations for decades and it’s going to create a huge hole in the community,” says company spokesperson Diane Charles.

If you're making payments on things, you still owe them despite Art Van closing. The money you owe is considered the company’s assets that is being liquidated.

What about warranties? Right now it’s unclear what will happen with that or refunds.

And if you’re trying to call their customer hotline a busy signal is all that you’re going to get.

We’re told Art Van’s website will be updated with information about warranties and returns.