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Customers walked into a 107-year-old Hermitage business for what likely is the final time on Thursday.
Bolotin Furniture is holding a liquidation sale that started Thursday in order for the fourth-generation owner to retire from the 3056 E. State St. store.
“My grandfather started it 107 years ago as a young immigrant from Russia,” said owner Mark Bolotin.
The store became a fixture in the Shenango Valley and attracted customers for all over.
“We stopped here accidently one day, just by chance, and ended up purchasing a leather sofa,” said customer Jean Smith. “We just love it, and we still have it to this day.”
Smith said she decided to check out the final sales along with hundreds of other customers.
“I will miss the people,” Bolotin said. “Our clients over the years, the employees I’ve become good friends with.”
At one time Bolotin’s owned a half dozen stores throughout the area. As the population dwindled, so did the need for so many stores.
Bolotin said it’s now time for him to retire.
“But I’m looking forward to retirement, being able to visit my grandchildren more,” Bolotin said. “Lynn and I will be able to do some travelling. I have no regrets.”