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Former type
Private company


Ceased operations



Home Furniture


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Wheeling, Illinois, United States

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Wickes Furniture was a privately held chain of furniture stores based in Wheeling, Illinois. The company was founded in 1971 with a showroom in Fridley, Minnesota, and at its peak operated 43 stores in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and Oregon.


The company, despite its expansion into other markets, declared bankruptcy in 2008, and eventually went into liquidation for failure to find a buyer or an investor. At the time of its closing, it was owned by Sun Capital Partners.

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After its founding in 1971, Wickes Furniture had grown to 43 showrooms and five distribution centers. The company had over 1,700 employees, making it one of the top 25 furniture retailers in the United States. By the early 1980s, it had grown into the United States' largest furniture retailer., but it closed nine of its then-24 stores in the wake of the 1982 bankruptcy of its parent company, Wickes Corp. After Wickes was purchased by two investment firms in 1988, Wickes Furniture was sold to a management-led group in 1989.

In 1998, Taiwan-based Master Home Furniture purchased Wickes Furniture; the company went into receivership in 2000 when Master Home Furniture defaulted on its bank debt. In 2002, Sun Capital Partners teamed with an affiliate of the furniture chain Rooms To Go to purchase Wickes Furniture from Master Home. In 2004, Sun Capital bought out Rooms To Go's interest in Wickes.

In March 2004, John Disa was hired as president and CEO of Wickes Furniture by private investment firm Sun Capital Partners. Before he joined Wickes, he spent most of his career in athletic shoe businesses.

Bankruptcy and liquidation

In May 2007, Wickes Furniture announced it would close five stores in Minnesota and a Brooklyn Center distribution center, as part of its plan to focus its resources in expanding into markets in California, Chicago, Portland, and Las Vegas.

In mid-to-late 2007, however, the furniture industry was hit hard by the high cost of fuel prices and subprime lending markets. Wickes Furniture filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on February 3, 2008. At that time, Wickes operated 38 stores. The company listed debts of more than $50 million and assets of less than $50,000.

On February 14, 2008, it was announced by Richard Clausing, the company's chief financial officer, that Wickes Furniture needed a buyer or an investor by February 25, 2008 to recapitalize the company and to keep from shutting its doors due to a deadline set by the court and creditors. None of them came forward, so Wickes, with bankruptcy court approval, commenced its liquidation sales in March 2008, and closed all of its remaining stores.

On January 1, 2012 Wickes Furniture reopened and rebranded as Wyckes Furniture. Opening 4 smaller store locations in Southern California. With the 4 smaller store location a new ecommerce website was launched http://www.wyckes.com with all http://www.wickesfurniture.com traffic be forwarded to the new brand and ecommerce site.


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