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Bob’s Furniture Gallery Announces Going-Out-Of-Business Sale
Fourth-generation retailer grew with Joplin since shortly after WWII
JOPLIN, MO—Bob’s Furniture Gallery, which has grown with Joplin to fill over half a city block, is closing its downtown store at 1736 South Main Street with a going-out-of-business sale to liquidate inventory.
Bob's Furniture Gallery, Joplin, MO
Bob’s Furniture Gallery was originally opened in 1947 as Church Furniture Company by Raymond Church, the current owner’s great-grandfather. When Raymond Church retired in 1958, the business was purchased by his son, Floyd, and daughter, Mildred Vobbe. Bob Parrish acquired the store in 1962 and then decided to change the store’s name to Bob’s Discount in 1969.
Family members point out that Bob’s Discount was always a bit of a misleading name, because, with the name change, Bob Parrish began adding more and more high-quality furniture—which gave the store a reputation as the place in Joplin where customers could get better quality for less. That tradition has continued since Mark Parrish, the store’s current owner, joined the operation in 1981 and took over with his father’s unexpected death in 2009.
“The final sale truly is a celebration of the four generations of my family who have been privileged to have the patronage of so many in the Joplin area over so many years, as Bob’s Furniture Gallery grew into the largest furniture store in Southwest Missouri,” said Parrish, who has worked in the store since 1981. “We look forward to seeing many old friends during the sale.”
Everything in the historic 10-building store that has been growing in the same location since 1947 will be sold prior to the closing. Bob’s prominently features furniture products from well-known furniture brands such as Thomasville and Flexsteel, and from other recognized names like Lexington, Pulaski and Howard Miller, as well as Sealy and Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
“Over the years, Bob’s Furniture Gallery has thrived by offering quality furniture at a discount price,” Mark Parrish said. “What we’re celebrating are the customers who’ve made us successful by embracing us and our desire to serve all of our customers with honesty, integrity, and dependability, because that’s always been our motto.”