Virus Pandemic Forces Early Closure Of Art Van Stores

By WWJ Newsradio 950

DETROIT (WWJ) - Art Van is permanently closing the doors to its furniture stores earlier than expected due to the coronavirus.

The company said Thursday it made the decision to suspend all sales operations in all stores, effective immediately, due to the unprecedented circumstances related to COVID-19.

In store customer pick-up operations will continue through Sunday, March 22, conducted under social distancing, hand sanitation and other health and safety guidelines to protect employees and customers while also enabling customers to complete any pending in-store pick up arrangements.

"We know customers will have questions regarding customer service policies and many other important topics. Our operational teams are working diligently to finalize and document those details, and we will communicate to customers as soon as possible," the company said in a statement.

Art Van announced March 5 that it would be selling off all of its stock and closing its stores in an effort to settle up with creditors. Liquidation sales began the next day all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, and select Wolf stores in Maryland and Virginia.