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Warren mayor to shut down Art Van on 14 Mile due to 'fear of riots'

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 16:00:26-05

WARREN MICH. — The Art Van location on 14 Mile in Warren will shut down Saturday due to 'fear of riots' and traffic backup.

According to Mayor Jim Fouts, the location only has two security guards, and there have been reports of 'unruly' customers.

The location will shut down at 4 p.m. today, the mayor told 7 Action News.
On Thursday, the furniture company announced it is closing all of its locations and beginning liquidation sales.

More than 3,000 employees across the Midwest will be losing their jobs. Most of them are in Michigan.
“Art Van who I met and I know and I admire, must be turning over in his grave today for what’s going on," Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is not mincing words after receiving a letter that Art Van is closing up shop - leaving workers without a job starting May 5th.

The headquarters in Warren employees more than 260 people and provides $2.2 million in tax revenue.

Fout’s first move is to reach out to other furniture companies to see if they would be interested in moving into the 14 Mile Road location, “I want to save jobs. Every one of those people deserves to have a job.”

Liquidation sales began Friday, March 6 at all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missourri.