Irv Speer was known for his brightly colored flowers in front of his cushion and upholstery business at 431 S. Interocean Ave. in Holyoke.
Speer Cushion Co. to close after 59 years
“Nobody likes to see a small business close.”
But according to Deb Dusenbury-Dorren, president of Speer Cushion Co., “It’s time to move on and do something different.”
The local corporation, which is just shy of 60 years, is working toward its final days of business.
Dusenbury-Dorren said that as of Oct. 13 they are not taking any new orders; however, that doesn’t mean the doors are closed just yet.
In the final weeks, the company was slammed with customers stocking up on large orders of tractor cushions, covers and more. Dusenbury-Dorren hopes they can finish orders around Thanksgiving, followed by a closeout sale. The goal is to be completely cleared out by Jan. 1, 2018.
She said there is a possibility a company will be purchasing a line of patterns and some equipment, otherwise it will all be sold to any willing buyers. That includes the building at 431 S. Interocean Ave. in Holyoke.
As the final orders are processed, made and shipped, Dusenbury-Dorren looked back at the three-generation business and assures the community and customers that this wasn’t a decision made lightly. It was something that was thought about and prayed about for a long time.
“There’s a basket full of reasons,” said Dusenbury-Dorren, noting the decision to close can’t be pinpointed to one reason alone.
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