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Posted on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

Naked Furniture plans move to ex-Blinds to Go store in Ann Arbor

By Ben Freed


Naked Furniture's windows are covered with signs announcing their "wall to wall" sale.

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Naked Furniture on Washtenaw Avenue is in the midst of a large moving sale as the store’s owner hopes to move just down the street.

Located at 3402 Washtenaw Ave. in Ann Arbor, Naked Furniture will likely be moving into the former Blinds to Go building at 3570 Washtenaw Ave. at the beginning of the year.

Owner Ron LaFluer said the advantage of the new location would be that it is closer to US-23.


This former Blinds to Go location will probably be Naked Furniture by January 1.

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The 7,200 square-foot property that was previously Blinds to Go is currently listed by Michael Lippitt of Farmington Hills-based Landmark Commercial Real Estate Services for $25 per square foot.

“We have not signed a lease yet, but we are working with him [LaFleur] on the location,” Lippett said. “I would say that it should resolve very soon.”

The store’s current 9,740 square foot location is not listed with any brokers as of November 26. In its new home, Naked Furniture will join Casual Male XL, Dollar Tree, Mattress World, and Life Uniform in the shopping center.

Naked Furniture has been open in Ann Arbor since 1999 and specializes in real wood furniture, including desks, dressers, dining tables, and bookcases. It also sells beds and mattresses. Customers can choose between pre-finished pieces and do-it-yourself pieces.

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Reporting by Lisa Carolin and Sven Gustafson contributed to this story.

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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 1:52 a.m.

I dont know that being closer to US23 will help, but the parking in that shopping area is far superior to the one they are in now. I also think 1999 must be some kind of mistake. I moved back to Ann Arbor in 1992 and can not recall a time it was not there.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

I enjoy their furniture too. If it's a better location then the space may not be an issue. It does have more windows although the close to US23 is not a reason to be more happy - I doubt that will have any impact - it's just a few hundred yards away.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 6:40 p.m.

"closer to US-23" sounds like a made-up reason to me too. However, the parking (and I hope, pick-up) should be easier in the new space. I've been very pleased with the items I bought from them, but haven't needed any new furniture for a few years. H'mm, time to think about that.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

!999? I think it has been around longer than that. Maybe new owners in 1999?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

I think you are right. It may have been a franchise and I remember them being around in the 70's. I think they were at Arborland once also?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 11:36 a.m.

Going to a 7200 sq. ft. shop FROM a 9740 sq. ft. shop does not look like a sign of success to me. I just hope I'm wrong - I've done business with Naked Furniture and plan to do more when the chance presents itself. I can attest to the quality of their furniture and I'm satisfied I got a reasonable price for several important pieces. This is a Michigan family owned business all the way - and a good one. Thanks for the heads up - now I have an excuse to get over there for their moving sale. :-)


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 11:07 a.m.

Are they being forced to move?