It’s the end of an era for a family furniture business established 35 years ago.
Lindsays Furniture Mill at Milnsbridge is to shut down and move into property management.
The high class furniture retailer, started by Harry and Hilary Lindsay from their garage in 1980, is now run from the former Stanley Mill in Britannia Road by their son Ashley.
The company re-branded last year as @HomeMills and invested £500,000 in a revamped department store-type showroom.
The mill is also home to the popular Parky’s Bistro which is unaffected by the changes.
Ashley, 42, managing director of Lindsays Allsorts Ltd, has called time on the furniture business after a slump in trade.
“The company has not performed as well as we hoped over the last year and we are moving to a simpler business model,” he said.
“Instead of having to focus 24/7 on keeping up with the latest trends we are becoming landlords which will give me time to work on other projects.
“Retail is not the easiest industry particularly if you are not on a retail park or in a town centre.”
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The company is to have a massive sale to dispose of £1.7 million worth of stock including sofas, beds, dining room sets, bedroom furniture, carpets, rugs, mirrors and other soft furnishings and accessories.
There will be a private sale for existing customers on Monday and Tuesday before the mill opens to the public on Wednesday at 10am.
More than 5,000 products will be sold with discounts of up to 80%.
Ashley said there were genuine bargains to be had and stressed the company would continue to trade so bargain hunters should not be concerned that the firm would disappear.
He said the closure of Lindsays left Huddersfield without a premium independent furniture store after Thatchers Furnishings in the town centre went into administration in 2011.
“We should have replaced Thatchers,” he said. “We stock items that you can’t get anywhere else in Huddersfield and probably won’t again.
“Huddersfield really needs an independent furniture store but it’s unlikely one is going to come in.”
The four-storey mill could take several months to clear and the firm will then look to let the showroom, office and retail space in the building.
Two galleries have been created and the bistro will continue. It is also hoped to attract art studios and dance classes.
Ashley’s parents started selling secondhand furniture and had the former Co-op in Crosland Moor and a shop in Byram Street, Huddersfield, before moving to Milnsbridge and eventually buying the building.