Galens of Ephrata announces closing

By on August 29, 2012

A long-standing Ephrata furniture and appliance retailer announced it will be closing due to retirement of its

owners.

As published in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, Galens of Ephrata, which has been in operation since 1949, will be closing this fall with the retirement of owners Mike and Edith Amico.

The store, located at 389 N. Reading Road, has begun a going-out-of-business/retirement sale expected to last through the end of October.

The Amicos said now is the time to get out of the business since their lease will expire at the end of November. They said they figured an attempt to sell would be difficult so it was ruled out.

The owners said the store’s business continued to do well, with customers coming from all corners of Lancaster County.

At 32,000-square feet, the store includes 20,000 square feet of retail space and has 25 employees. The Amicos said telling employees about the store’s closing was tough since many of them have worked there for a long time.

As their final sale is launched, the owners said they especially wanted to thank their many loyal customers.

The late James Galen founded Galens in 1949 as a hardware store at 1438 W. Main St. It was purchased by the Amicos in 1972.

The couple expanded the store five times at the Main Street location and then moved the store to the Lincoln Mall in 1983 before moving to the current spot in 2002. The store became a major retailer of appliances and electronics under the Amicos. More GALENS, page A6

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