The 51-year-old business and the building it occupies on Central Avenue in Willits, Calif., are on the market. Mike and Margie Smith would like you to make them an offer. For the business alone. For the building alone. Or for both.
“We would do whatever worked,” Margie said.
They are ready to begin a less-busy life. But they’re also patient. “This is our retirement,” Margie said of the anticipated proceeds of selling the business, a member of the Home Furnishings Association, that Mike took over from his father in 1976. So it’s important to get out of the business what they’ve put into it.
Their plans have been the talk of the town for some time – so much so that Mike addressed them recently in a letter to the local paper, the Willits News.
“Customers and friends,” he wrote, “for some time now we have heard questions and rumors regarding the future of Willits Furniture Center. There have been questions about whether or not the business will continue (or that it has gone out of business), and whether or not we are switching locations since the building is for sale.
“We have no plans to end the company or vacate the building at this time, but you are correct in thinking that we do have the building and the business on the market to be sold.