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One of the large anchor stores in the Diamond Run Mall will be closing but the owner said he would like to maintain a presence there.

LaFlamme Furniture Mall is hosting a “Going Out of Business” sale that owner Christopher LaFlamme say could go on for a few more weeks but he said the store is truly closing at its present location.

On Saturday, LaFlamme said he still had a lot of faith in the Diamond Run Mall and its future. There are a lot of great clothing stores and good restaurants at the mall, he said. He said he been negotiating with the mall owners about a different space that would fit his needs better.

“We are closing the store. We are truly selling all of the inventory. We truly selling all the fixtures,” he said.

LaFlamme said he would like to remain in the Rutland area and open what he called a “sit and sleep” store that would primarily sell couches, recliners and mattresses. There would be fewer decorations, appliances, dining tables, bookshelves and appliances.

However, LaFlamme said he wouldn have to remove those items from his inventory entirely because he planning to keep his location in Bennington and its inventory so he could sell a Rutland customer an item from the Bennington story and then have it delivered.

LaFlamme said he still had a lot of faith in the Diamond Run Mall and its future. There are a lot of great clothing stores and restaurants at the mall, he said.

The Bennington location attracted attention for reasons good and bad. When the store opened off of Northside Drive, LaFlamme included the “Big Chair,” a ladderback chair almost 20 feet tall, which had been a landmark when the site was Haynes and Kane a furniture store that closed in 2006.

The store opened in December 2012 but it was destroyed in a fire about 13 months later.

The Bennington store reopened on Main Street and LaFlamme found a space onsite for the chair.

As he changes his retail businesses, LaFlamme said the reduction in overhead in Rutland may allow some improvements at the Bennington location.

LaFlamme said on Saturday that he was happy with his store at the Diamond Run Mall and said customer support was strong. During the winter months,
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which he said were his strongest months, the store does enough business to survive.

But during the summer, costs make staying in that site untenable. LaFlamme said he believed the rent was fair but other costs, like electricity and staffing a store the size of LaFlamme Furniture Mall or keeping enough inventory on hand to fill the store, added financial challenges.

“It just too big. Raymond and Flanigan in Albany is the same size as this and Albany population is a little bit more than Rutland,” he said.

For now, LaFlamme will remain open, selling off some inventory, delivering on orders that have already been taken and selling discounted furniture which will still be delivered and serviced as it has been in the last almost two years.

While LaFlamme acknowledged he could continue filling orders that have been placed from his Bennington store or the other Diamond Run location he hopes to open, he said he would prefer to see that all customers get the furniture they ordered before the current site is closed.

LaFlamme said he also optimistic that he will be able to stay at the mall or, if no agreement can be reached, in the Rutland area.

“The customers were fantastic. If we could have just stayed in (winter.) There was plenty of business but the lean months, it was just too difficult to stay open,” he said.
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