Robert Levin, former president and owner of Pittsburgh-based Levin Furniture, announced that he is coming out of retirement to save the company from going out of business. Late in the evening on March 4, Levin reached an agreement to acquire the Pennsylvania and Ohio assets of Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture through a court restructuring of the parent company Art Van Furniture LLC.
“I’m coming back as the owner of Levin Furniture for the employees who were at risk of losing their jobs,” Levin said in a statement. “They are the most loyal, dedicated, and hardworking people I’ve ever known. It will be a privilege and honor to once again lead this company as we prepare to celebrate 100 years in the furniture and mattress business. I am thrilled to welcome the Pennsylvania Wolf Associates to our Levin Family and look forward to getting to know them.”
Art Van Furniture is one of the brands which has been owned by AVF Holdings Inc., which is based out of Warren, Michigan. AVF has announced plans to wind down operations and begin liquidation sales at all of its company-owned stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.
Levin offered his thanks to customers of Levin Furniture, adding: “We will continue to provide them with the services that they’ve come to expect from us. I also want to assure them that all of their deposits and purchases are safe and secure. Our customers are the lifeblood of our business, and we are truly grateful for their continued support.”
Levin Furniture, founded in 1920 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania by Robert Levin’s grandparents Sam and Jessie Levin, will celebrate its 100-year anniversary later this year. The company has 35 furniture and mattress showrooms and clearance centers in Northeastern Ohio and Southwestern Pennsylvania.