PFP to handle Clapp Bros. event
Many of the nations finest family owned furniture retailers choose PFP to conduct their last and final sale. After all, you only get one shot at handling it properly and professionally and PFP’s reputation is unsurpassed for handling events such as this. Here’s another example of a PFP operated event, as covered by “The Times News” in Burlington, NC.
Clapp Brothers Furniture, open since 1936, to shut
By MollyMcGowan/Times-News/Burlington, NC
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 17:15 PM.
A Burlington furniture business that has been family owned and operated for three generations is closing in April.
Jerry Clapp, 62, plans to retire in the spring, after dedicating 46 years to Clapp Brothers Furniture, located at 505 E. Webb Ave. in Burlington.
According to a news release, Clapp’s grandfather, C.F. “Dutch” Clapp, entered the furniture business in the 1920s at Rich & Thompson Furniture and Undertaking, which is now Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service.
In 1936, Dutch and his four sons founded Clapp Brothers Furniture; in 1995 his son Charles Clapp and grandson Jerry bought all shares of the business, and Charles eventually retired.
Now Jerry Clapp says he’s ready to retire and fish at his summer home in Beaufort and play guitar more often with “The Attractions” band.
“It’s a 77-year-old business but I don’t have any children to leave it to,” so he’s selling his furniture and leaving it, Clapp said. He still has a sales book from 1925 with his grandfather’s handwriting on receipts from furniture sales.
“I started when I was 16, delivering furniture after school, and I’ve been here ever since,” Clapp said. For the past 30 years, he’s also purchased the furniture from manufacturers, displayed it in his store and sold it.
Clapp Brothers Furniture carries furniture from brands like Basset, Riverside, Lane, Kingsdown and Broyhill, according to the release. Clapp said the company has always stuck with older brands “that have been around as long as we have.”
“We always tried to carry quality furniture,” he said. And the family company was focused on customer service, and often did furniture repairs, as well.
“I think that’s what kept us going for 77 years,” Clapp said.
“With this final sale, we’re celebrating the three generations of my family who have been privileged to serve so many customers in the Triad community over these many sales,” Clapp said in the news release. “Offering our customers these tremendous deals on quality furniture is one way we can say ‘thank you’ to all our loyal customers.”
The store will sell all its furniture at reduced prices before closing, at which point Clapp will retire. “It’s bittersweet, but it was just time,” he said.