SIDNEY — The owners of Goffena Furniture is in the process of remodeling their store in Sidney. The store remains open during the remodel, and the customer entrance has moved to the east side of the building.
The store has operated in Sidney for 75 years. Twenty of those years have been at the present location. The store was previously downtown by the theatre. The store opened in 1942.
“A lot of people can’t believe it’s been 20 years already. We are ready to freshen up the look. Sidney has really supported us over the last three-quarters of a century, so we want to give something back,” said Drew Goffena.
Currently the fourth generation is involved with the store and hopes to bring business into Sidney with the newly remodeled store.
“We really want to have a destination store in Shelby County. We want to give Sidney a nice-looking building and a nice place to shop. We want it to be a great experience and not just about coming in and spending money. We want to benefit the look of the entire area as well,” said Goffena.
Martin Roberts, a designer from New York City was enlisted to design the new store. The remodel will encompass the interior as well as the exterior of the store. The owner, Matt Goffena, has also enlisted the services of Ferguson Construction.
“Martin Roberts is the same designer that designed all 700 and something Barnes & Nobles. He put together some architectural drawings, exterior and interior, a complete remodel of the whole building. Ferguson is doing a great job for us, too,” said Goffena.
Goffena has only the Sidney location, but they would like to expand in the future.
“We would like to move into different areas, too. That is definitely being looked at as possibilities. We just want to get this store looking really nice and go from there,” said Goffena.
The exterior is scheduled to be completed by the first week of June and the interior soon after.
“The first week of June is when the front doors will back open. When the exterior is finishing up is when we’ll be remodeling the interior. We are only doing a third of the store at a time, so the other two-thirds will be open. We plan on having a grand opening and celebrating our 75th anniversary, probably in September,” said Goffena.
The store will be getting new inventory in time for the grand opening.
“We are excited and all our employees are excited and we can’t wait to show everybody what we’ve been planning for the last year,” said Goffena.
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