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Gardiner Wolf Furniture to close seven Maryland stores

Gardiner Wolf Furniture is shutting its seven Maryland furniture stores, including one in Towson.
Gardiner Wolf Furniture is shutting its seven Maryland furniture stores, including one in Towson.(Carol Kipling)

Over 150 employees in seven Maryland furniture retail stores, including ones in Catonsville and Towson, are being laid off as part of a shutdown of all Gardiner Wolf Furniture stores across the state, according to the Maryland Department of Labor.

Nineteen employees at Wolf Furniture’s location on Baltimore National Pike near Rolling Road, and 26 employees at the East Joppa Road location will be laid off by May 9, according to the labor department.

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Calls to the Catonsville and Towson locations went unanswered Friday.

The Maryland stores will be liquidated, along with stores in Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio, after the retailers’ parent company, Art Van Furniture, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Delaware District Court on March 8.

“Despite our best efforts to remain open, the company’s brands and operating performance have been hit hard by a challenging retail environment,” said Art Van Furniture spokesperson Diane Charles in a news release.

Wolf Furniture has 17 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. In addition to the stores in Catonsville and Towson, the Maryland locations are in Frederick, Bel Air, Hagerstown, Pasadena and Westminster.

The company’s first furniture store opened in Detroit in 1959. Art Van Furniture purchased Wolf Furniture and Levin Furniture in 2017, according to a news release. The family-owned Wolf Furniture was founded in 1902, and acquired Maryland-based Gardiners Furniture in 2015.

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