Brentwood Interiors, one of Midstate’s largest sources of upholstery and wall hangings, will close at the end of September after 68 years in business.
The 144 Wilson Pike Circle store in Brentwood has started its clearance sale and will receive 25% off most items from August 3.
Longtime store manager David Buffington said the decision to close was not so much COVID related as it was ‘culture related’.
“We were closed for five weeks, but that was not all. Shopping has changed,” he said.
“People don’t buy like they used to,” he said. “Young women don’t want a carpet that lasts 100 years. They want something that lasts a few years and then they can throw it away and buy something else. It’s a throwaway society.”
“Millennials don’t buy like my mom bought it,” he said, noting that his store has always focused on items with lasting value, as opposed to trendy disposables.
“Our business model no longer fits the culture before,” said Buffington.
Buffington’s stepfather George Owens and EW Smith joined The Salvage Store in downtown Nashville in July 1952, selling salvage railroad and truck items such as cloth, shoes, paint and food.
The creaky Third Avenue South Salvage Store, where the Johnny Cash Museum is now located on Third Avenue South, ultimately focused on fabrics and rugs.
The Owens family opened Brentwood Interiors as a sister store in 1997 and operated both stores for seven years before merging them with the Brentwood site in 2004.
At the time, the owners said the merger into one store made sense as the Brentwood business was growing and downtown business was slowing.
In addition to the upholstery and drapery fabric, the 14,000 square foot Brentwood Interiors offers oriental rugs, outdoor rugs, lamps, mirrors, ready made draperies, upholstery, decorative shapes. foam pillow and interior decoration.
Customers came from as far away as Alabama and Kentucky to shop. Typically, the inventory would include 1,500 to 2,000 tissues. Buffington, who has worked in the fabric store for 50 years, says he saw the change in business that led to the store’s move to Brentwood 20 years ago, and now he sees the business climate changing again. , precipitating this closure.
“It’s tough, but it’s about time,” Buffington said. “Some of our clients are wringing their hands. A lot of them are designers. They ask, ‘What are we going to do? Where can we find this now?’
The 25% discount does not include fabrics, pillow shapes and a few other items like drapery supplies that can be ordered, but Buffington said as inventory dwindles, larger markdowns will be made.
“Things just changed. People don’t sew like they used to. The culture just changed. We have been fortunate to be in business for 68 years. We are grateful, not resentful,” said Buffington, who is retiring. with closure.
“When I started in the store 50 years ago I said I would work here until I decided what I wanted to do. I guess I still don’t know,” Buffington said in laughing.
Details: brentwood-interiors.com or 615-376-6361
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