Brad Ishler surveyed an empty room Thursday that will soon be filled with furniture.
Ishler has coordinated renovations in the new Your Furniture 4 Less storefront for the last week. The furniture store will move into the space occupied by T.J. Colts, which closed Dec. 23, less than a year after the restaurant opened.
T.J. Colts co-owner Travis Fischer said Joel Confer, who owns the 2892 Rolling Ridge Drive property, offered him a deal he couldn’t turn down.
“The offer was too good to refuse, and they bought out our contract,” he said. “Things did slow down toward the holidays, but that’s not why we closed or sold the space back. The location was fine, and the community supported it. Like I said, I just got an offer that couldn’t be refused.”
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Confer did not respond to requests for comment.
Ishler broke the news about the move Tuesday on the store’s Facebook page.
“Have you heard that we are moving the Bellefonte Store?” the post said, adding that the move provides a larger showroom across the street next to the Joel Confer Ford dealership.
Ishler will likely have the building’s front showroom, which was built in 1999 to be a showroom for Joel Confer Ford, operating in the next two weeks. He also owns a Your Furniture 4 Less store in Philipsburg.
“The main purpose for us moving over here is it doubles our space, so we’ll go from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet,” Ishler said. “That’ll double our inventory and offer a lot more selections to our customers and give us a better showroom.”
Ishler plans to use the old Your Furniture 4 Less store, across the street at 2961 Benner Pike, in a similar capacity.
“We will be putting a new store in there,” he said. “It’ll be an Amish furniture store and probably some bedding. We’re really excited for both of the stores.”
Fischer said he will work at Mountain Valley Diner, which is owned by his mother, Shirley Snyder, and will launch a catering business in the spring.