MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. >> A longtime local furniture store is closing its doors after 70 years in business.
DiSiena Furniture, a family-owned business with two locations in Mechanicville, has announced plans to close following a liquidation sale. The store was closed Wednesday in preparation for the big sale, which starts Thursday.
“Due to some circumstances that we didn’t plan on, we have decided to close,” said Carol Zappone, who runs the business along with her husband, Mike, her brother Salvadore DiSiena and his wife, Susan. Another brother is also an owner, but not active in the business.
Salvadore DiSiena said the store is closing for many reasons, and that it’s a shame because there aren’t any stores like it around anymore. Carol went on to explain how furniture shopping has changed in the digital age, saying younger online shoppers want a quick reward, and don’t care as much about quality.
On the other hand, many loyal customers of an older generation are devastated that DiSiena Furniture is closing.
“The response has been unbelievable,” Carol said. “The customers, a lot of them are sad. Some of them are practically in tears.”
This year marks the 70th anniversary of when the siblings’ parents Angela and Bernard DiSiena created a part-time business selling televisions, air conditioners and kitchen cabinets in 1947 at its same 115 Round Lake Ave. location in Mechanicville, next door to the family house.
Over the years, the shop expanded several times.
“It’s been a steady…
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