After more than 50 years in business, Court Lee Interiors is closing its doors this week.
Owners Bob and Mike Lee have decided it's time to retire.
"We don't have to go out. It's just time to retire," said Bob Lee. "We've had a good run. You got to call a halt sometime."
PHOTO BY VICKI JOHNSON
Mike (left) and Bob Lee are closing Court Lee Interiors after more than 50 years in business.
Bob said they have been slowly easing out of the business for quite a while, and the building has been for sale or lease for several years. The right opportunity arose recently to make their decision final.
"We didn't want to leave an empty store front," Bob said.
When Angie Weisenauer of Bloomville said she was interested in moving her Primitive Crossroads Craft Barn store to Tiffin, the Lees decided it was time to close.
"She's going to continue to sell some of the products we sell," Bob said. "And she's going to move her products in here."
After the doors of Court Lee close, the brothers will continue working out of one of the offices for a few months to complete orders already underway.
There will be no "going out of business" sale.
Bob said he and his wife own a get-away home at Lake Erie and they plan to spend more time there after the store closes.
"We already do, but we always have to come back for the store," he said.
Mike said he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren.
Bob said he started working at Lee's Floor Covering while in high school, and Mike started a few years later when he got into high school.
They cleaned the store and learned how to install flooring.
"As soon as we turned 16 and got a license, we started making deliveries," Mike said.
The brothers opened the store in 1972 on Court Street downtown after gaining experience in their early years working for their father, Robert Lee, who owned Lee's Floor Covering.
They named it Court Lee after the store's location and continued downtown until they decided to build on West Market Street, where the business moved in July 1989.
"Thanks to all our customers over the years for allowing us to give you quality products and expert installation," the brothers said.