Local furniture store Kaufman Scroggs, a business that has catered to the downtown of Aberdeen for over 100 years is set to close in the upcoming months. Owner Pete Scroggs confirmed the closure, blaming a decline in sales for the past few years.
The store, located on the corner of West Heron Street and South Broadway Street has occupied the same building since 1913.
Plans to launch a final sale are slated for midway through March, and the sale will run for two months.
The Kaufman furniture business was started in 1903, by J.J. Kaufman, who experienced an unfortunate omen a week after opening his new store. A fire wrecked the new business and Kaufman was forced to move the business from location to location for several years before building his own location, the site of the business's current location, in 1914.
A certain Richard M. Scroggs signed on as a book keeper during the 1920's, then became co-owner in 1933, officially rebranding the business to Kaufman-Scroggs.
The closure of the business will leave behind 10 employees, who will be assisted with work placement by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. When the store is empty, the building may either be sold or leased.