By John Speer
Deanna Zmolek, office and sales manager, and owner Larry Horbach on the display floor at Horbach Furniture in downtown Toledo. The longtime business is closing with a big going-out-of-business sale now in progress.
"It's been a great opportunity to provide a service to this community and I look forward to serving in a different role," Larry Horbach told The Chronicle last week.
Larry and his wife, Chris, are going out of the furniture business, one his family has been in at the same East High Street location in downtown Toledo since 1965. But Larry isn't going far.
He is joining his mother, Verlene Horbach's, State Farm Insurance Agency in the building next door on May 1. He will become the State Farm agent next Jan. 1 upon his mother's retirement.
A big going-out-of-business sale is now in progress. Larry Horbach said customers should come in now for the best selection. The store is renown in Central Iowa for top-quality furniture and floor covering lines.
A big variety of bedroom furniture including locally-manufactured Restonic bedding, recliners sofas, kitchen and dining room furnishings, floor covering, lamps, accessories and floral arrangements is on sale.
Horbach Furniture employs five people.
Larry Horbach began work in the furniture store 30 years ago. Brothers, Lon and Lance Horbach owned interests in the business over the years. They are the third generation in the furniture business. Their grandparents owned and operated Horbach Furniture in Grundy Center for many years. Their father, Ron, originally opened the Toledo location, buying Toledo Furniture company from Ben Vaughan and Dale Cruikshank.
At that time, the furniture business and the T and T Department Store, operated by Vern and Mae Heefner, switched location on East High. The department store building is the present location of True Value Hardware.
The main store occupies 8,000 sq. ft. on two levels. The adjacent store building on the corner has an additional 15 sq. ft. of space.
The Grundy Center store continues in business but is not affiliated with the Toledo store. It is owned by an aunt, Donna Schlemmer.