WINDER -- After serving downtown Winder for 63 years, Larry's Furniture has decided to permanently shut its doors.
In the wake of owners Larry and Dot Jones' pending retirement, Larry's furniture has launched a going-out-of-business sale through the end of the summer, and everything must go.
The Joneses, who recently celebrated their 65th anniversary, are asking customers to take advantage of their lowest prices in the store's history, but more importantly, to drop by and see them once more.
Larry Jones said the store has developed family ties to its customers and the community over the decades, and he is sad to see it come to an end.
"We've been a part of this community all these years. It's just sort of a family situation," Jones said. "We've been here a long time servicing this community the best we knew how with furniture, and other things before we were in the furniture business."
The history of Larry's Furniture dates back to the 1940s when Larry Jones began working at Easy Pay Tire Store prior to joining the Air Force. After serving in the military during World War II, Jones returned to manage the Winder store and then purchased it in 1948. The Joneses expanded the hardware store, and they opened Larry's furniture at Jackson and Broad streets in 1965.
The Joneses live by their slogan, "Honesty. Integrity: A good reputation, once lost, is rarely regained," and the store has become the area's top selling furniture store.
"It just means you've got to live right and do right, treat people right, and have them treat you right to get along in the world and be happy and have a good reputation of service to your community and your fellow man, and that's something we've tried to do," Jones said.
Although the closing of Larry's furniture will be a loss to Winder, Larry said he and his wife are looking forward to retirement.
They have worked in their store side-by-side seven days a week for as long as they could muster.
"We're at the age where we want to sort of slow down and relax a little and maybe travel a little bit," Jones said. "We've enjoyed our business so well that we stayed with it until we were long past the retirement age. We will have some fun just relaxing and traveling a little bit."
Jones also said it has been a hard process to let the store go and it will take time adjusting to retirement.
"It's different coming up here and working every day knowing that we are going to be getting out of it pretty soon," Jones said. "It's just something we've grown up with almost since we were first married, and it's just hard to leave it, to tell you the truth. That's why we stayed as long as we have, but we (are) leaving a legacy here."