Behar’s Furniture of Everett
closing as owner changes focus
EVERETT — Behar’s Furniture is winding down after a 60-year run.
The large store at 21st Street and Broadway began clearing its inventory Thursday.
Business was still strong, owner Jay Behar said, but it’s time for a change.
Behar, 50, will still be working in furniture. He’s become head of the Pacific Furniture Dealers, a buyer co-operative of more than 40 independents largely across the West.
In Everett, Behar’s has a whole city block. Jay Behar said nothing is concrete yet for what will take its place.
Closing down is bittersweet.
“We can’t thank the community enough,” Jay Behar said.
Generations of county residents refreshed their homes by shopping here and at Erickson’s a block up the road.
“We will miss all of our great customers and our great staff,” Behar said.
Previously a Furniture City, Behar’s incorporated in October 1963.
Ron Behar, now 89, had immigrated from London and after working there he took over. Behar’s also sold wall-to-wall carpeting. Ron Behar knew how to restore antique Persian rugs.
Carpet sales ended at Behar’s about 20 years ago.
Jay Behar grew up with the store, starting from the bottom up working delivery and warehouse. As a kid, it offered a play space when not doing small tasks like tidying.
Jay Behar said his dad found closing bittersweet, too, but supported the change.
“The Everett community has supported us all these years and we are grateful for them,” Jay said, adding “Hopefully we’ve left a good legacy for the people of Snohomish County.”
A good share of independent furniture stores such as Behar’s have stayed in families for generations. Some also sell appliances and mattresses. Behar’s always sold mattresses but gave them a more prominent showcase in recent years..
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