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FFO quietly exits Springfield

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While Furniture Factory Outlet reopened some of its stores this month after a temporary closure brought on by COVID-19, its Springfield locations are shuttered for good.

A statement provided by a spokesperson of Fort Smith, Arkansas-based FFO Home cited the "economic downturn" brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic for permanently closing its three stores in Springfield.

"We are very sorry that team members at those locations will no longer be part of the FFO Home family. Many were long-tenured and lost their jobs through no fault of their own in the middle of the pandemic," the statement reads. "We are very grateful to our Springfield team members and for the support of the Springfield community."

FFO previously operated Springfield stores at 2225 W. Sunshine St., 1434 E. Independence St. and 2209 E. Kearney St. FFO recently announced some stores had reopened, including Missouri locations in Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin, Sedalia, Warrensburg and West Plains.

The Independence Street building – located near other furniture retailers, such as Ashley Furniture Homestore and Sofa City – has been listed for sale, with an asking price of $2.7 million.

Mike Fusek, the listing agent with SVN Rankin Co. LLC, said the building owner plans to conduct a sale of its remaining inventory next month. The owner of the 32,100-square-foot building is Larry Rainwater, of Fort Smith, according to Greene County assessor records. The owner's address matches that of FFO's headquarters.

The other two former FFO buildings also have ownership ties to the FFO headquarters address, according to assessor filings. Fusek said the only local building he's listing is on Independence Street, noting he’s also marketing FFO buildings in Osage Beach and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that also have recently closed.

The Independence Street FFO store opened in mid-2006, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

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