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BLOOMINGTON — Ethan Allen furniture gallery will close this spring, making way for the expansion of its neighbor and corporate partner, Cohen’s Furniture.

Ethan Allen and Cohen’s, both owned by Peoria-based Cohen Furniture Co., opened in Bloomington in 1974. They are located at 1344 E. Empire St., Bloomington.

The Bloomington Ethan Allen store will close April 30, said Larry Huff, Cohen’s Bloomington manager. The store began an inventory liquidation sale on Saturday.

Huff didn’t expect any renovation at the facility, and referred all questions regarding the expansion to Cohen’s corporate office in Peoria.

Cohen’s President Richard Graf was unavailable Monday.

The 22,000-square-foot Cohen’s store was last renovated in 1996, according to the company Web site, and Ethan Allen was renovated in 1995.

The amount of space Cohen’s will gain from the Ethan Allen closing is unclear. It’s also unknown what new products, if any, Cohen’s will sell.

Currently, the store sells a variety of furniture for all rooms of the house.

Cohen’s opened in Bloomington 32 years ago, though its history is much deeper.

Lithuanian immigrant Elijah Cohen founded the company in 1879, going door-to-door repairing, buying and selling new and used furniture around Peoria. He eventually opened his first Cohen’s storefront in Peoria and later expanded to Bloomington, Springfield, Washington and Jacksonville.

The Cohen Furniture Co. also has an Ethan Allen storefront in Peoria. Any remaining furniture from the liquidation sale will be moved to Peoria.


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