Restoration Hardware closes its doors

Restoration Hardware closes its doors

There are 35 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Feb 2, 2009, titled Restoration Hardware closes its doors. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

Recently, my husband and I made our final purchase at Restoration Hardware in Eureka, CA.

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Stumpy

Petaluma, CA

#21 Feb 4, 2009
haha wrote:
Humboldt has become the mad aunt hidden in the attic. Grow or die.
You got it different. The actual phrase is;
The Crazy Aunt Locked in the Basement.
Ross Perot...(and others...)
Phillip Drummin

United States

#22 Feb 4, 2009
When I want hardware I go to True Value or Ace anyway.
Scott Decker

Muskego, WI

#23 Feb 4, 2009
Make room for homedepot, Cheaper prices,larger selections, and a staff who is willing to help the customer. That baloon track has been a eye sore in eureka for WAY TOO LONG! peirsons is another OVER priced store becouse they know they have the market in the corner I say and support homedepot. Logging is going down the drain as is fishing too and now no pulp mill hummmm where do all these people plan to work? bring in big box stores and let people work and let people shop at stores who offer Good cheaper prices.
argumentum

AOL

#24 Feb 4, 2009
People are suffering in today's economy. But people were suffering in yesterday's economy, too. Let's not minimize the courage of yesterday's working families by pretending that the Fifties, Sixties, or Seventies were some kind of Golden Age of Prosperity for the "average" man and woman.
Bruce Strobridge

Seattle, WA

#26 Feb 4, 2009
Right on George and Nancy! I left Humboldt 23 tears ago, but I remember fondly Restoration Hardware. I lived in the Southern part of the county, but went to Eureka often. I loved browsing through Restoration, when I had some time to kill. It is a shame and and an outrage that corperate "suits" who owe their present positions ro rhat flagship store, are so short-sighted that they cannot even see the value of having an original store. A pox on them. May they all lose their jobs in this fragile economy. I hope that many others follow your example. I certainly would if I were on their mailing list.
what next

Barnesville, OH

#27 Feb 4, 2009
Thank God they're out of business in Eureka. Every year on my birthday my girlfriend would last minute panic shop for me at RH. I ended up with a bunch of Chinese crap I've never used. Good riddance! Maybe next year I'll get something I want.
grapevine

Shasta Lake, CA

#28 Feb 5, 2009
I lived in Eureka in the early 80's. As much as I loved it there I had to move because of the lack of a decent job. Looks like things haven't changed much. It is a beautiful place.
Dunno-If-I-ll-mi ssya

San Martin, CA

#29 Feb 5, 2009
I agree with the writer's remarks wholeheartedly. And I AM bitter.
I remember when RH opened the flagship Eureka store, and how much pride our city and county had over the business' upward movement and retail successes.

In practicing the "shop-stay local" philosophy several of my friends, husband and I outfitted our former residences with much stuff/hardware, lights and fixtures purchased at RH, which, at least I came to find was a nice sale point to the future owners of my house.

I bought some very nice quality bedroom furniture there for our next home.

When our kids were little, I used to love going in at Halloween and Christmas times to look at and purchase the "retro" toys, candies, and knick knacks many of us recalled from childhood. The Halloween items were discontinued a couple of years ago,-at least in the Eureka store. Early sign of bad times to come. I recall being in the store: one October, when several of us shoppers talked the store employees down about that. Lots of shrugs from no-care employees too young and inexperienced to recall seeing the products in the past.

By that time the employees became more 'run-of-the- mill' transient part-timers who didn't know me -at least by sight. I probably passed thru the doors once a month, and more often in the fall. I too was always previously recongnized and addressed by name.

Sorry to see ya abandon your first and real home, RH.
DENNIS PFEIFER

Arcata, CA

#30 Mar 1, 2009
RESTORATION HARDWARE IS OWNED BY CATTERTON PARTNERS A CROOKED FIRM IN CONNETICUT. MY FATHER MOVED US TO EUREKA IN 1973 AFTER PURCHASING THE MOTHERS COOKIE TERRITORY UP HERE. I BOUGHT HIM OUT IN 2005 JUST AS CATTERTON PARTNERS TOOK OVER MOTHERS COOKIES.THEY FILED CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY IN OCTOBER OF 2008. I RECIEVED A LETTER FROM THE BANKRUPTCY COURTS A WEEK AGO CITING CATTERTON PARTNERS FOR 16 COUNTS OF FRAUD.RESTORATION HARDWARE WILL BE ANOTHER CASUALTY OF THESE CROOKS JUST LIKE MY BUSINESS WAS. I HOPE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WILL LOSE THERE EMPLOYMENT HAVE THE GOOD FORTUNE TO FIND WORK ELSEWHERE. ITS LLC COMPANIES LIKE THESE THAT ARE LACED WITH ACCOUNTING FRAUD SO THEY CAN TAKE OUT BOGUS LOANS FOR CORPORATE BONUSES THAT ARE DRIVING OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS INTO THE DISASTER THEY ARE TODAY.

Since: Dec 08

United States

#31 Mar 2, 2009
To answer some of you AGAIN - the store WAS making money. They won many of the district-wide sales contests. My husband worked there for 7 years. We were also disheartened to see the change to mostly 'made in China' items. The furniture used to be made in North Carolina.

The company was bought by a private equity group a couple of years ago. Last year two of the other companies they own went belly-up. Resto management has suffered, and if the way they conducted the store closure is any indication, they won't survive the downturn.

They started here, paid a decent wage, and gave us good benefits. So all due respect the critics, but the employees worked really hard (only 8 of them total) and had many loyal customers, and not just in Humboldt. We miss the income and health care - could happen to you, too.

Since: Dec 08

United States

#32 Mar 2, 2009
Sorry to hear your experience, Dennis. This has been coming for some time now, and we're trying to make it a good thing. Hope you have found something better!
Jeff

Seattle, WA

#33 May 3, 2009
Iw as sad to know they left their hometown, but honestly it was the lowest volume store in the company and had to be manually managed by the home office and distribution centers. It made no sense to have it and the target market they are gearing towards does not exist enough in Eureka to support the business. The original Resto concept worked, but that no longer applies as they've evolved.
Big Barrel Benny

United States

#34 May 5, 2009
Re. Dennis Pfeifer:Thats right,Mothers Cookies did sell out in 2005.As far back as I can remember Ole Waage was president of Mothers Cookie Co.As a small boy my family would visit Ole at his house and I would be disappointed that we(my two sisters and I) didnt get any cookies.You said your father purchased the territory in 1973 ?.Ole passed away several years ago. We had a family reunion in Loomis two and a half years ago.Its sad that the company went south after Ole retired.Lots of good memories tho- your dad sounds like he was dang good man. thanks for the update.
ALH

Portland, OR

#35 Feb 24, 2014
Big Barrel Benny wrote:
Re. Dennis Pfeifer:Thats right,Mothers Cookies did sell out in 2005.As far back as I can remember Ole Waage was president of Mothers Cookie Co.As a small boy my family would visit Ole at his house and I would be disappointed that we(my two sisters and I) didnt get any cookies.You said your father purchased the territory in 1973 ?.Ole passed away several years ago. We had a family reunion in Loomis two and a half years ago.Its sad that the company went south after Ole retired.Lots of good memories tho- your dad sounds like he was dang good man. thanks for the update.
We loved next door to Ole and the boys on Lowery rd in Oakland ..They always had cookies around and the nicest family you could imagine e...
ALH

Portland, OR

#36 Feb 24, 2014
We lived next door to,Ole and family. the nicest neighbors you could ask for.And they always had. Mothers cookies around .
Was sorry to read about Roberts recent death and the death of one of Norm's kids.

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