Econo Sales to make move.
Byline: Ed Russo The Register-Guard
SPRINGFIELD - After 51 years in downtown Springfield, the people at Econo Sales have an announcement to make: They are moving the store, not going out of business.
"We are not closing; we are moving," said Alan Moser, who owns the business with his wife, Renee.
Econo Sales specializes in selling upholstery and drapery fabric.
He said Econo Sales likely will temporarily close after Christmas and reopen by the middle of January in a new retail building less than a mile away, near 20th and Main streets.
The move will allow the business to downsize and concentrate on selling its most popular items, Moser said.
"We'll be keeping our oilcloth and outdoor fabrics, and vinyls and our carpet for cars and boats," he said.
But prices on poor-selling fabrics are being cut so the Mosers won't have to move them to the new, smaller store.
Moser said he wants Econo Sales to boost its online sales. "We would like to increase our online presence so people can order items online and pick them up at the new store or have them mailed to them," he said.
Econo Sales still will conduct business during the two- or three-week period between late December, when it closes and mid-January, when it reopens.
Customers who order online will be able to pick up items at Renee Moser's sales booth at the Rusty Porch, an antique store at 21st and Main streets, Alan Moser said.
Econo Sales opened in downtown 51 years ago. It moved next door to the historic Stevens- Perkins Building, 330 Main St., in about 1981.
Developer and downtown landlord David Loveall bought the Stevens-Perkins Building late last year. He has renovated the second floor with new apartments, and he is seeking tenants for the first floor, including the space occupied by Econo Sales.
At the new Econo Sales store, to be located at 156 S. 20th St., Renee Moser will teach classes on such things as pillow and bag making, Alan Moser said.
He said he has mixed emotions about moving from the heart of downtown, mainly because the area has become more lively in recent years.
"But I'm kind of excited about the new direction we are going, with the classes and different things we will be offering," he said.
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