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Craig furniture outlet closes

Collin Smith

— Progress isn’t always good for the status quo.

As Craig and the rest of Northwest Colorado brace for the energy boom’s economic upswing, some business owners may find the property they rent is more valuable than they want to pay.

Judy Hailey, of Grand Junction, is letting go of the lease for Freight Damaged Furniture at 538 Pershing.

The property already has found another leaseholder, she said, but could not say whom.

In the meantime, Freight Damaged Furniture will stay open at its current location until its merchandise is sold out.

The store will continue to operate as long as the company keeps sending furniture from its Grand Junction warehouse, said Summer Morris, Craig Freight Damaged Furniture manager.

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Morris has worked at the store for the past three years, she said. The news of its closing was fairly abrupt for the eight-person staff.

“It was kind of all of a sudden,” Morris said. “We found out maybe the week before Halloween.”

Morris plans to take a rest before jumping back into the fray and looking for another job. She already has two others, she said.

“I have no idea what I’ll be doing,” Morris said. “I’ve been working three jobs for about four years. I think I might take a break for a while.”

Morris’ tenure at Freight Damaged Furniture doesn’t compare to another woman, she said.

Of the store’s 20 years in Craig, Dusty White has worked there for about 18 of them, Morris said.

White was on temporary leave for surgery as of Nov. 10.

Anyone looking for furniture can expect good deals at her store, Morris said. All the price tags have red slashes through them, which means there is no set price for anything, she added.

Hailey owns two other furniture stores in western Colorado – one in Grand Junction and another in Cortez.

She also owns some other businesses, such as accounting and legal services, and said she might open a location for one of those enterprises in the Craig area some time in the future.