Aug 31, 2023 - News

Luxury furniture company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is closing

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture store on 14th Street

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams was a pioneer in Logan Circle. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is abruptly shutting down.

Why it matters: The luxury furniture brand, whose Logan Circle flagship location opened in 2007, spans 24 showrooms from Tysons to Beverly Hills, drawing high-profile customers including Hillary Clinton.

Catch up quick: Last weekend, signs were posted at the company's North Carolina furniture plant telling employees not to return, according to the Taylorsville Times.

  • Interim CEO Chris Moye wrote in a letter to employees that the economic climate has presented challenges in securing additional financing to continue operations, the Washington Post reports.
  • The company's roughly 800 employees were notified over the weekend, per the Post.

The intrigue: The pioneering D.C. design store is open, as of Wednesday. "The store is closing. We don't know when and we don't know any details," an employee told Axios.

Flashback: Founders Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams opened in 1989 and sold the company in 2015 to the Stephens Group, an Arkansas-based private equity firm. They retired from management and active board roles in recent years while remaining connected to the business.

What they're saying: "I am furious and heartbroken," Mitchell Gold told Furniture Today, sharing hopes that a new buyer might come along. "As a company, we had a strong moral compass, and we always treated people right. My hope is that a new company will emerge with that at its core."

  • A representative from the Stephens Group tells Axios that they recently invested another $20 million to restructure the furniture company. Shortly after, the company's lender withdrew support, forcing the business to close.
  • "While we do everything we can to support our portfolio companies, how their stories play out are not always fully within our control," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Between the lines: The furniture industry is in flux due to the economy and consumer behavior, with more people spending on travel over home improvements, according to Furniture Today experts.

  • Klaussner, a major N.C.-based furniture maker, shut down earlier this month.

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