ARCHBOLD — After a run lasting more than 110 years, Rupp Furniture is going out of business, company officials announced Monday afternoon.
“We’d like to thank all our customers and friends in northwest Ohio and surrounding areas for allowing us to serve you and have Rupp Furniture be part of your homes since 1908,” the company said in a press release.
Since its inception in 1908, Rupp Furniture maintained as many as seven locations throughout the northwest Ohio area, including Archbold, Ridgeville Corners, Wauseon, Stryker, Hicksville, Napoleon and Bryan.
The business started with four individuals, under the moniker “Rowe and Rupp,” according to the history page on its website. Frank Rowe from Ridgeville Corners, alongside Lewis Rupp, and two brothers named Albert and Edward Rupp, opened the original store on North Defiance Street in Archbold. Their phone number at that time was 136.
In 1930, the business was renamed Rupp Furniture Co.
In the mid-1960s, the store opened branches in Stryker, Hicksville, Napoleon and later Bryan.
In 2016, the firm announced the closure of Rupp’s 15,000-square-foot Bryan store at 205 S. Main St., for purposes of consolidation. The location had been maintained for nearly 40 years from its opening in 1978.
In September 2017, The Rupp Furniture & Carpet Co. was sold to Jason and Carrie King, owners of King’s Sleep Shop and Home Furnishings and several Holly Jolly Christmas Shops, including one in West Unity, at an undisclosed price. The name was kept intact. At the time of sale, the Rupp family had stated a desire to slow down and retire with no family members interested in taking over.
The business has changed focus several times, first selling furniture and area rugs, before over the years adding carpet, accessories, appliances and TVs when they were first released. According to Dave Rupp, the Archbold store was the first business in the area to sell TV sets.
“One was displayed in the front window, and turned on at night so people could watch. Eventually, it had to be turned off to avoid the danger of a crowd breaking the glass,” according to an excerpt from Rupp’s history.
Today, Rupp Furniture & Mattress stands in two historic buildings in downtown Archbold, located at 203 N. Defiance St., until the time it closes its doors permanently at the conclusion of its liquidation sale. The store will begin the sale Friday, Feb. 28.
Across the two buildings and five floors of showroom, Rupp will offer discounts on furniture, mattresses and accessories for every room in the home with home accessories marked down 50%, according to the release.