By VIC BRADSHAW
HARRISONBURG — After nearly six decades as downtown’s go-to spot for furniture and other items, Hess Furniture is closing its doors.
Nancy Burkholder Hess said she’s closing the business she helped her late husband, Nelson, open in 1954 and operate ever since. A contract is in place to sell two adjoining properties she owns, and she is in the process of selling or giving away everything in the building at 139 N. Liberty St.
“It’s time,” she said of the closure of the business. “It’s time.”
She and Nelson opened the furniture store at 20 N. Mason St. in the fall of 1954, Hess said. In 1958, they purchased the North Liberty Street property and relocated there.
The property has been on the market since Jan. 1, 2013.
“Nelson got up one day and said, ‘I’m tired. Let’s just sell the store and we can travel,’ ” Nancy Hess recalled.
They listed the property, but Nelson died on April 16, 2013.