One fewer furniture store for the Chair City

Bruce Rome, left, and cousin Arthur Rome, right, among the Living Room furniture in the Factory Coop, which they will be closing, and consolidating into the nearby Rome Furniture store on Main Street in Gardner. T&G Staff/Christine Peterson

GARDNER – When Jim, Buddy and Joe Rome went into the furniture sales business in 1945, they could pick and choose from many high-end furniture manufacturers operating in the city and surrounding communities.

Even when the family started the Factory Coop on Logan Street in 1983, many local businesses were still making chairs, tables, hutches and many other furniture products.

It is a different world for Arthur and Bruce Rome, the current members of the Rome family in the furniture business. Today there is only one major furniture maker in the city, and only a handful of furniture outlets in Greater Gardner. The high-end furniture the family sells through the Factory Coop, and their flagship outlet store, Rome Furniture, is now mostly sourced nationally and internationally. 


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