Family owned business closing after 86 years in North Manchester

The owners of Harting Furniture Gallery are liquidating everything after being a fixture in town for 86 years.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2019 10:37 PM
Updated: Feb. 15, 2019 10:37 PM

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT) - After nearly a century, a family owned business in North Manchester is closing it's doors for good.

The owners of Harting Furniture Gallery are liquidating everything after being a fixture in town for 86 years.

"Yeah it was a tough decision," said Von Harting, owner.

Harting Furniture has been a staple in North Manchester since the depression.

"I'd love to see it go on, but it's not going to happen," he said.

Von Harting is the third generation to run the store, but after doing so for 50 years he's ready to retire.

"I tossed it around for a long, long time. It's all I've ever done. It's all my family has, as far as I know, has done," said Harting.

Harting said he'd like to keep the business going, but the fourth generation is already doing their own thing.

"It's kind of sad. But then on the same token, you know, it's like I'm looking for the next chapter in my life," he said.

For frequent customers, it will be strange to see an empty store.

"I was a little surprised when I saw the going out of business. This store has been here for 86 years," said Denise Rohrer, who is a third generation customer. "I think about some of the lamps and tables we've purchased here over the years. We'll still see them in the house."

It is the drive into North Manchester Rohrer will miss the most.

"The store front. Being able to see in with all the glass and be able to see the tables and chairs and sofa and you think 'Oh wow, I wonder how that would look in my living room,'" she said.

Harting said he hasn't set a date for his last day in business, but he is looking around Easter.

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