Art Van Furniture going out of business; local store to remain under new name

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - The Art Van Furniture chain is closing more than 300 stores, but local franchise owner Tom Eslinger says he still plans to have a store in Mishawaka.

Art Van announced Thursday that it will close more than 300 stores after struggling with heavy debt.

Eslinger told 16 News Now in a phone call Thursday afternoon he was surprised by the company's decision.

He plans to have a liquidation sale of the Art Van line at his Grape Road story, then plans to keep the store going under a new name.

Eslinger said he has sold furniture in Michiana for more than 40 years.

16 News Now will keep you up to date on that decision and how it affects local shoppers.