Furniture Business in Ellsworth Closing After 98 Years 

A store that has been around downtown Ellsworth for almost 100 years is closing it’s doors.And as Meghan Hayward tells us, the closure is bittersweet for the store’s owners.” The Austin’s started the furniture business back in 1911, it was a furniture and undertaking business at the time. My family came in and bought the undertaking part of it, Jordan Funeral Home. And we came around in 1983 and bought out their furniture business.”But after 98 years of business in downtown Ellsworth, HC Austin Furniture is closing its doors for good.” I guess the whole furniture idea on Main Street is a little more difficult it’s lost it’s pizzazz and the economy has certainly gotten in the way.”Owner Debra Day says she and her husband are ready for their next adventure.But it will be difficult to not come to work in downtown Ellsworth anymore.” I guess I just really like the people down here so I’ll miss them.”But Day thinks the business has left an impression on downtown Ellsworth too.” Because of our size we’ve been able to help with the various events that go on down here and plus the fact that we’ve been a community player for many many year.”But before they close the doors for good.They need to get rid of every last sofa, bed and chair that is left in their store.’ Last week we started and so we’ll be going as long as it takes us to move all the furniture.”Day says she expects it to only take about a month and have everything gone by November.