Gowan Furniture closing

Published 2:53 pm Friday, January 28, 2011

Gowan Furniture, owned by Chip Harrell, is having a going-out-of-business sale, expecting to cease operations under that name in the near future.

If that happens, it will be the end of an era.

Dewey Robinson, landlord, has given a brief history of the building, once known as Belcher Block. He believes it once had rooms for rent in the upstairs.

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Robinson said when he came to town in the 1960s an A&P store had just closed at that location and the Danley Furniture Company opened for business. He recalls Morris Allen was the manager and later purchased it and changed the name to M. Allen Furniture.

Oliver W. “Billy” Gowan then bought the business and ran it for 30 odd years. He was described by Robinson as “a very good businessman.”

Following Gowan’s death, the business was purchased by Chip Harrell, who has operated it the last four years.

Robinson told The Post-Searchlight that the store is being sold out to the general public, but that a prospective buyer is considering a possible acquisition, in which case the business would be reopened.