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17 Levin Furniture stores reopen

Chairman Robert Levin makes good on earlier promises

Robert Levin. Photo courtesy of Levin Furniture
Robert Levin. Photo courtesy of Levin Furniture

After months of uncertainty regarding Levin Furniture, Squirrel Hill resident and company chairman Robert Levin, and co-CEOs Matt Schultz and John Schultz, announced the opening of 17 Levin Furniture and Mattress Stores.

Located in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas, the 17 stores include nine furniture and eight mattress locations.

“Finally, we’re back,” said Levin in a July 2 statement. “Our customers and associates can once again have access to the quality and commitment of a family-owned business that offers a great place to furnish homes and to work. We are excited to bring back a century of high standards and caring for the communities we serve.”

Prior to Levin’s announcement, Levin Furniture had undergone iterations of unpredictability. Nearly two years after Levin sold the company to Art Van, Furniture, LLC, the latter filed for bankruptcy in March 2020. Levin initially failed to repurchase the Pennsylvania and Ohio assets of Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture after a court restructuring of Art Van. Months later, however, Levin announced he had finally reached an agreement to buy the brand out of bankruptcy.

“We have worked tirelessly over the past two months for an opportunity to buy back the Levin Furniture brand,” said Levin in a May 19 statement. “My goals have always been to protect as many jobs as possible for Levin associates, and to continue to serve our loyal customers.”

According to Levin’s July 2 announcement, the 17 designated sites may be the first of several Levin stores to reopen – an initial plan to reopen as many original stores as possible was thwarted by an inability to secure leases on all former locations.

Moving forward, the company reiterated its commitment to customers and staff.

Customers whose previous deposits were not refunded "have been identified and will soon be receiving a letter and Resolution Form via USPS and/or email detailing the next steps," according to the July 2 announcement. "Forms can be returned via mail.Once the form is returned, a Levin Furniture representative will contact the customer to discuss options for resolution."

Prior to reopening the 17 stores on July 3, 375 former associates were hired by the company, which is owned and operated by Levin, Matt Schultz and John Schultz.

In a July 3 virtual news briefing, Matt Schultz acknowledged COVID-19’s economic implications, but noted that due to the pandemic more people are spending time at home and thus in greater need of quality furniture.

“Our customers and associates can once again have access to the quality and commitment of a family-owned business that offers a great place to furnish homes and to work,” said Levin in a statement. “We are excited to bring back a century of high standards and caring for the communities we serve.”

PJC

Adam Reinherz can be reached at areinherz@pittsburghjewishchronicle.org.

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