Restoration Hardware closes its doors

Feb 2, 2009 Read more: Eureka Times Standard 35
Recently, my husband and I made our final purchase at Restoration Hardware in Eureka, CA. Read more
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“Fred's Humboldt Blog”

Since: Jan 08

Eureka, CA

#1 Feb 2, 2009
They wrote, "...Once again, local retailers have lost to corporate mass marketers.".

What did Restoration Hardware's closing have to do with "corporate mass marketers"? Their other stores are located in places with even more "corporate mass marketers" than we have and they seem to be doing ok.

I don't believe the owners of Restoration Hardware even claimed it was their supposed competition's fault. After all, few businesses sell the type of stuff Restoration Hardware does.
synical

San Francisco, CA

#2 Feb 2, 2009
maybe im just a cynic, but the tone of this letter is very condescending as if you think you will make a difference with your small opinion. and choosing to include "please take our names off your mailing list". that was very unnecessary, just for the record.

however, the store was still fun to visit.
Alf Doten

United States

#3 Feb 2, 2009
25 years ago Restoration Hardware decided to change from restoration hardware to chunky, funky, high end and weird. In the early 80's they were the only place to get the stuff. Then they changed. I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did after going "crate and barrel." If you really want restoration items you'd do better going almost anywhere else. 25 years ago I was mad, now I'm just sad.
Alf Doten
screwrestoration hardware

Spokane, WA

#4 Feb 2, 2009
Glad to see them go. They were overpriced and not worth the drive. Plus, they had the snottiest staff around. Bye, kick rocks, dont ley the red light hit you in a$$ on the way out. Bon Voyage, and a virtual middle finger to you Restoration hardware
Alf Doten

United States

#5 Feb 2, 2009
Come to think of it, the last thing I purchased at Restoration Hardware were restoration hardware items on clearence sale so they could change their product lines. That must have been 1985. I remember my reaction when I asked about what they were doing......"you've got to be kidding me."
ARD
JJhumboldt homegrown

Eureka, CA

#6 Feb 2, 2009
synical wrote:
maybe im just a cynic, but the tone of this letter is very condescending as if you think you will make a difference with your small opinion. and choosing to include "please take our names off your mailing list". that was very unnecessary, just for the record.
however, the store was still fun to visit.
Stick your opinion where the sun don't shine!
John Harlan

Etna, CA

#7 Feb 2, 2009
When in business, your first responsibility is to make a profit, because without making a profit you will soon no longer be of any service to the community or be able to employ help. If the local community support the business service you offer to the extent you can make a living at it you will be able to continue to serve. If not, you have no choice but to close. In this case the decision was made pretty much by the lack of support of the local community. People then always come forward to try to fix the fence, but the cows are already gone.
lost in time warp

Pittston, PA

#8 Feb 2, 2009
Too bad, so sad-but folks are driving for miles to get better prices on hardware , better selection in clothes, shoes--even medical care.
Ever stop to wonder why?
Because this isn't the 1960t's--
So don't complain just accept the fact that your city is run by idiots who are happy with no change or progress---ignorance is bliss--Dude.....
a ferndalien

San Jose, CA

#9 Feb 2, 2009
We weould be finished if it wasn't for the internet
Too Bad

Arcata, CA

#10 Feb 2, 2009
It was a small "luxury" to have such a high end store in the sticks. Let's face it, they did not make much money here. Most of their other stores across the country never have items marked down to the prices the Eureka location had. My wife and I always shop in the bay area and online because we have nothing in this place, not even a decent men's clothing store.
Jack

San Carlos, CA

#11 Feb 2, 2009
John Harlan wrote:
When in business, your first responsibility is to make a profit, because without making a profit you will soon no longer be of any service to the community or be able to employ help. If the local community support the business service you offer to the extent you can make a living at it you will be able to continue to serve. If not, you have no choice but to close. In this case the decision was made pretty much by the lack of support of the local community. People then always come forward to try to fix the fence, but the cows are already gone.
Well said. People are in business to make money (imagine that ) They wouldn't have closed it if it was making money.
argumentum

AOL

#12 Feb 2, 2009
Too Bad wrote:
It was a small "luxury" to have such a high end store in the sticks. Let's face it, they did not make much money here. Most of their other stores across the country never have items marked down to the prices the Eureka location had. My wife and I always shop in the bay area and online because we have nothing in this place, not even a decent men's clothing store.
In a spirit of helpfulness let me mention Strehl's Shoe store at the corner of 12th and Main in Fortuna. Strehl's carries a number of lines of really good shoes for men. It might be the only place left in Humboldt County that does.(Some of the shoes are actually made in America!)
Robert Steele

Rancho Mirage, CA

#13 Feb 2, 2009
Too bad! We visited kids in Eureka this past Thanksgiving and went to old town to look around. Of course Resoration Hardware was on the agenda and what a surprise to see all the things Sharper Image sold previously. That was really a shock since when we lived there we furnished a bath and a half with premium fixtures from the store and knew we could find whatever it was we needed for a great look in our endeavor.
Nona

Eureka, CA

#14 Feb 2, 2009
Mostly "Made in China" overpriced crap you could get onlne for a quartter of their mark-up. Not much "local" about it.
anonymous

Eureka, CA

#15 Feb 3, 2009
The times they are a changing!!!
Regular reader

San Francisco, CA

#16 Feb 3, 2009
They never would advertise locally. They thought that their website was good enough - well, since they try to reinvent proven methods to get local buyers - you see the result. One needs to spend money to make money and not supporting the local advertising venues cost them dearly. Humboldt County is not as sophisticated as the SF Bay Area when it comes to using the internet to shop. Not having redundent fiber optic lines as a back-up hurts businesses too. I counted several days in 2008 when internet service was totally cut off here. When you can't transfer files to the printer or send out proofs via email or buy a meal at a restaurant while the internet is down causes irreversable revenue losses. Humboldt County is dying on the vine. There is also no parking in Old Town. Poor planning and many other factors are the reason. After all the residents find a place to park and the office workers do the same - where does the consumer park. The Mission right there in old town and a soup kitchen hurt business as well. Who wants to have some smelly bum to stumble over to shop - not me or my wife or daughter. Both of which have been accosted by bums in old town, which is where Restoration Hardware was located. Pretty soon, the only people with jobs in the area are going to be welfare workers and medical staff and of course the cops and firemen. What other "living wage" jobs are going to be available?
N Eddy

Tulsa, OK

#17 Feb 3, 2009
If they had that many loyal customers buying from them, then that location probably would have made enough money to stay open. Companies don't close locations that make a profit. For them to close that particular location it would have had to be losing money. Maybe there weren't as many customers shopping there or spending as it appeared. I'm sorry to see this location go too.
N Eddy

Tulsa, OK

#18 Feb 3, 2009
JJhumboldt homegrown wrote:
<quoted text>Stick your opinion where the sun don't shine!
Was that your argument? Or could you just not think of anything intelligent to say.
mike oxbig

Marysville, CA

#19 Feb 3, 2009
If they would have sold Meth,taken food stamps and cashed welfare checks they would still be in business. Go "You Reek Ugh"
haha

Schaumburg, IL

#20 Feb 4, 2009
I'm surprised that Restoration Hardware stayed in Eureka this long. Humboldt County once mattered. The rest of California has grown up and and has taken it's place in the real world. Humboldt has become the mad aunt hidden in the attic. Grow or die.

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