Man, the Rockford business scene has been dealt a few cruel blows in the last few weeks, and this morning it looks like we're about to be dealt another one.

ABC 12 in Michigan reports;

Art Van Furniture announced it would be liquidating all of its company-owned stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio.

It said the company’s brands and operations had been hit hard by a challenging retail environment.

Art Van Furniture spokesperson Diane Charles said, “On behalf of the Company we want to offer our sincere appreciation to our employees for their dedication, commitment and hard work. We also want to extend our gratitude to the many customers, vendors, franchisees, charities and communities who have supported these retailers."

If you've been in the market for a new couch or bedroom set, I guess the silver lining in this story is liquidation sales begin tomorrow, March 6.

We have not been able to reach anyone at Art Van Furniture Rockford yet to confirm our location will be closing, but I think we all know what they will be saying soon.

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