After almost 10 years in Marana, the Bassett Furniture location at 6431 N. Thornydale Road is closing its doors.
While they hate to leave Southern Arizona, company officials are focusing on growth in the Phoenix area, said Sandy MacNaughton, manager at the Marana store.
“Bassett is growing right now and they’re making moves that are going to help that growth,” she said. “Tucson is a small market for furniture, unfortunately.”
MacNaughton said the location in Scottsdale is one of the most profitable Bassett stores in the country and that the company is looking to open up to two more stores in Phoenix over the next few years.
About half of the Marana store’s eight-person staff will be relocating.
“It’s a growing metropolitan area and a lot of furniture stores are moving in there,” MacNaughton said of the Phoenix area.
Bassett Furniture, founded in 1902, specializes in mid-priced home furnishings and custom-built furniture made in the United States.
Being in business for more than 100 years means a lot of customers have a deep attachment to the brand, MacNaughton said.
“A lot of people come in and say, ‘Oh, I had my first Bassett as a crib,’ or ‘I have the dresser that my grandma passed me down, it was Bassett,’” she said.
For shopper Paula Robles, the brand means quality, she said, adding that she was sad to see the store go.
“Hopefully they’ll realize they have a lot of customers here and come back. I don’t want it to be one more thing you have to go to Phoenix to get,” she said.
Although customers will no longer have the local presence, that doesn’t mean Bassett Furniture is going away, MacNaughton said.
The company will continue to have a service technician in Southern Arizona as well as delivery in the area at current prices. The store’s home-makeover program will also be available, with designers coming down from Phoenix to visit customers, she said.
For now, shoppers can take advantage of the going-out-of-business sale through mid-February, with items discounted up to 75 percent, along with clearance furniture being brought in for the sale.
Special orders, which accounted for about half of the store’s business, will continue to be accepted for later delivery, MacNaughton said.