TWO FORMER PFP CLIENTS COME TOGETHER IN NEW BUSINESS!
PFP is proud to be part of this complete transition. PFP assisted the owners of Kaplan’s Furniture with their GOB sale, then recommended PFP to the owners of Kurlancheek for their successful Moving Sale! Now the Kuralancheek folks are the new tenants at the old Kaplan location! Who’s on first, right? Congratulations and best wishes to both former PFP clients! Not only were they wonderful to work with from a business perspective, they are extremely friendly, honest and nice people.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. – A closed furniture store on Mundy Street is about to come to life again.
Kurlancheek’s Furniture, a 116-year-old third-generation family-owned furniture business, will open in about two weeks where Kaplan’s Furniture closed last year. A grand opening will be held in February or March, said Ronne Kurlancheek, 62, the third-generation owner.
Kurlancheek’s was located in Exeter for the past nine years and in Duryea for more than 100 years. The Exeter location closed Jan. 1 and manufacturers are delivering new stock to Mundy Street.
Ms. Kurlancheek said she loved being in Exeter but she believes the Wilkes-Barre Twp. building “will serve us better.” She said it’s a good location because it’s close to other furniture stores.
“Competition is very good because it makes it very easy to cross-shop,” she said. “We also have a different look than everyone else around here, so we will be an alternative.”
Kurlancheek’s new building on Mundy Street is 22,000 square feet, about the same size as the Exeter location. Big red signs in front of the Mundy Street business inform motorists Kurlancheek’s is coming soon.
Ms. Kurlancheek said her former location in Exeter was an old building with no air conditioning and needed repairs.
“This store has air conditioning, which we are very excited about,” she said.
She is leasing from David Mayers, the third generation co-owner of Kaplan’s Furniture, who retired from the business.
Walking inside the business with her dog, Dolly, Ms. Kurlancheek showed the new store will have an industrial feel.
“We want it to have a warehouse look because our old store had a warehouse look,” she said.
Her grandparents, Jacob and Sadie Kurlancheek, started the business in 1898, and her parents, Ben and Priscilla Kurlancheek, later operated it.
While other area furniture stores closed because the owners are at the age that they want to retire, Ms. Kurlancheek said she is not ready to retire.
“Even though I should want to retire, I don’t. I still love the business,” she said. “We approach it in a very creative way. It’s not just business. It’s art and business.”
Pointing out that Kurlancheek’s features many one-of-kind items and special orders, Ms. Kurlancheek said, “I like the whole idea. I don’t have it out of my system yet.”
“We have very unique furniture,” she said. “We do things very different.”
Kurlancheek’s employs 15 full-time and part-time workers.