Plunkett Furniture going out of business

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Plunkett Furniture Co. is going out of business. The 78-year-old, family-run furniture chain entered into an out-of-court bankruptcy earlier this month as the housing crisis stifled furniture sales.

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FairAndBalanced

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Wow, this is shocking!(Not). We purchased furiture at Plunkett in 1983 and it was one of my worst experiences ever.
J Cheever Loophole

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Jun 15, 2009
 
Hard to stay in business with customers who purchase once every 26 years I guess.
Jac

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Jun 15, 2009
 
I made my first and last purchase in 2001 from Plunkett. I couldn't be happier that they are out of business. It goes to show how important it is to keep your customers happy and returning. I am proud that I stopped many of my friends, family and colleagues from ever setting foot in a Plunkett store from the experience I had.
Depot Jim

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Jun 15, 2009
 
Economic conditions are not good out there regardless of what some of the politicians and some of the press say.
JXK

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Jun 15, 2009
 
Well who could not see this one coming? Every six months another furniture store is going out of business. I wonder who will be next.
Truth be told

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Jun 15, 2009
 
Jac wrote:
I am proud that I stopped many of my friends, family and colleagues from ever setting foot in a Plunkett store from the experience I had.
What a petty man you are. Dancing on the grave of a family-run business. Fine, you had a bad experience. But to sit here and celebrate the demise of a long-time Chicago business says more about you than it does about Plunkett.
The Realist

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Jun 15, 2009
 
Soon, people will be buying furniture at GUM department store, comrade.
eva

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Jun 15, 2009
 
I tried to buy furniture at Plunkett's River Forest store on several occasions. Each time, they were rather inattentive. You might wonder why I kept giving them another chance: it's because their furniture was good quality and consistent with the traditional style of my home.

I don't like pesky salespeople, but these folks were on the other end of the spectrum: my husband and I had to hunt them down to ask them questions about the furniture. It told me they didn't want our business. I guess we weren't the only ones who felt this way.
Jefferson

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Jun 15, 2009
 
The Northbrook store was very nice. However, their selection was rather boring. Reminded me of the 1970's when my parent's would drag me to Fradell's in Palatine. If Ethan Allen can update their portfolio, so could have Plunkett's. Besides, I see a lot of people in my age gravitating towards Room & Board.
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We made several purchases from the Plunketts over the years and were always happy with the quality and the way we were treated.
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Jun 15, 2009
 
yes, they were very bad on the customer service side, which I found out too late after making my one and only (though $ubstaintial) purchase there. Too bad we didn't have didn't have this outlet to protect each other back then. MORE GREAT COMMENTS!!
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Jun 15, 2009
 
Great news for Walter E. Smithe!

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Jun 15, 2009
 
One less place to buy crappy Wal Mart-grade furnishings.
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Truth be told wrote:
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What a petty man you are. Dancing on the grave of a family-run business. Fine, you had a bad experience. But to sit here and celebrate the demise of a long-time Chicago business says more about you than it does about Plunkett.
The furniture business is cut-throat, only being outdone by the lawn care industry in terms of competition and double dealing. Plunkett's survival for 75 years is a testament to their family. They probably put three generations through school with that business. Three cheers for Plunkett.

There's a reason mobsters say "Go to the Mattresses."
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#17
Jun 15, 2009
 
Remember, el presidente insists we've "turned the corner" on the economy. Sure.
Chet

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#18
Jun 15, 2009
 
Isn't this news a week old? Way to stay on top of things Trib...
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Jun 15, 2009
 
Ndugu wrote:
One less place to buy crappy Wal Mart-grade furnishings.
You must be a pleasure to be around. This was a great family business that stuck around for 75 years. It was anything but "crappy."
JOE 63

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Jun 15, 2009
 
good bye
AndyDevine

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#21
Jun 15, 2009
 
R.I.P., home of the $8,000 (suggested retail) marked down to $3,000 armoire.
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Jun 15, 2009
 
Is your last name "Plunkett"?
Truth be told wrote:
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What a petty man you are. Dancing on the grave of a family-run business. Fine, you had a bad experience. But to sit here and celebrate the demise of a long-time Chicago business says more about you than it does about Plunkett.

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