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Two stores, now one in Orange

  • Scott Johnson, owner of Friendly Town Furniture and Mattresses on New Athol Road in Orange, is pleased to have his two stores under one roof. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Scott Johnson, owner of Friendly Town Furniture, stands inside the business' new showroom on New Athol Road in Orange, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—

  • Friendly Town Furniture and Mattresses on New Athol Road in Orange, as seen Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—

  • Friendly Town Furniture and Mattresses on New Athol Road in Orange, as seen Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—

  • Some of the inventory at Friendly Town Furniture and Mattresses on New Athol Road in Orange. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo



Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 25, 2018

ORANGE — More space for more furniture. Friendly Town Furniture and Mattresses has moved across town and more than doubled its square footage under one roof.

Business is “phenomenal,” said owner Scott Johnson, who lives in town. That influenced him to move from two locations on South Main Street — Mattresses and More, and, across the street, Friendly Town Furniture — to one storefront in the Aubuchon Plaza on New Athol Road and renamed to Friendly Town Furniture and Mattresses.

The business, opened on Jan. 2, 2014 and moved on Jan. 3 of this year.

“We outgrew it — grossly outgrew it. And we’ve already filled this space up,” Johnson said Monday, gesturing to the new 8,200-square-foot showroom packed with furniture. With the merger, the furniture business’ doubled its floor space from about 4,000 square feet that was split between the two locations.

Through online purchases, Johnson delivers throughout the United States, mostly from Maine to North Carolina. Two basement storage facilities — one in the basement of Four Columns Realty also on New Athol Road, another at 22 North Main St. — helps him keep the inventory he needs, while noting that he stocks everything that’s in the showroom.

“I absolutely am thrilled that he has moved over here, where you can actually see all of the furniture that he has,” said Orange resident Marlene Chaisson, who paused to chat while browsing for deals with her husband, Brian Fournier.

“We’re shopping again. If we need a piece of furniture this is where we come,” Chaisson said. “The prices are fantastic.”

While the move was necessary because of expanding business, Johnson is hoping to draw more people from Athol and beyond in Worcester County. The new space is close to the Orange-Athol line.

Business success

Johnson attributes this success to low prices, which are made possibly through money-saving measures, including lowering the heat and turning off lights.

“There’s no debt,” Johnson said. “We take any discounts available. We’ve found that it’s easier to save a buck then earn a buck.”

Looking ahead, Johnson wants to “just keep growing” his business. “As you can see, we’ve almost outgrown this in three weeks,” he said.

Reach Andy Castillo at: acastillo@recorder.comor 413-772-0261, ext. 263