Amherst, NY (WIVB) – The La-Z-Boy furniture store on Sheridan Drive in Amherst is back open, under new ownership.
The store’s abrupt closure in August caused a fiasco for hundreds of customers, who had placed orders, made down payments, but not received their furniture. Many had already been waiting for as long as 16 weeks for their orders, when the previous owner closed his doors without warning.
La-Z-Boy has since terminated Michael DeNisco’s license to operate the franchise. DeNisco has no connection to the business, now that it has reopened.
The Amherst store is now owned and operated directly by La-Z-Boy.
Most La-Z-Boy stores are run by franchisees, but about 20 to 25 percent of its locations are corporate-run.
Saturday marked the first day that the store was back in business. The ‘soft opening’ was not previously advertised. A formal grand opening scheduled for Black Friday, November 29, will be more heavily advertised this week, News 4 has learned.
The store currently employs about 15 associates, and is still conducting interviews to hire more. Some of those are people who worked in the store under DeNisco, who have been hired back.
In August, a La-Z-Boy spokesperson told News 4 the company was aware of about 850 outstanding orders that were affected by the Amherst store closure.
Saturday, no one in La-Z-Boy’s corporate offices could be reached, to say whether or not all of those orders have been filled.