New furniture store helps Waynesboro downtown bounce back

December 06, 1996


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In another sign of the revival of Waynesboro's downtown retail core, a new furniture store will open Monday in the space once occupied by J.C. Penney.

Stake's Furniture features new and used furniture and antiques. The new owners, Benson and Pat Stake, hail from Newville, Pa., between Shippensburg and Carlisle, where they have operated another store called the Reusable Merchandise Center for four years.

The Stakes said they have been looking for a downtown location in the area for the past couple of years when they saw a for-sale sign at the Penney's before they closed.


"We liked the town and felt it needs (a store)," Benson Stake said.

"Hopefully, the town will like it and accept it," Pat Stake said. She described the store as offering quality furniture at prices working class people can afford. To keep prices low, the store will not deliver furniture, Benson said. "They can bring their truck," he said.

The Stakes have hauled the new furniture direct from a North Carolina factory, and get their used furniture at estate sales.

The basement, which is as large as the main floor of the store, will be reserved for antiques.

The couple said they enjoy working together. "He does his thing, I do mine," Pat said.

The Stakes said they plan on renovating and leasing four offices above the store that have stood vacant for 10 years.

The Stakes new product line includes mattresses, recliners, sofas, lamps and mini-recliners for children, complete with stuffed animals.

After losing McCrory's, Penney's, Routzahn's and Valley Bank in the past year, all four buildings are now full. Dollar General has moved into the McCrory's space along with Michael Benedict's Construction, and a day-care center and a martial arts studio have taken over the Routzahn's building. Attorney Stephen Kulla has moved into the former Valley Bank building.

The new additions join other businesses that have opened in the past year, including the Dough Patch Bakery and the In Gear bike shop.

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