WEST HARTFORD — After 88 years in business, Puritan Furniture will be closing its doors, with the retirement of owner Bruce Singer, according to a release from the company.

Singer, second-generation owner of the family business, said, “I have had the distinct pleasure and privilege of serving so many wonderful customers in Connecticut and surrounding states over the years, including second and third generation families who shopped with their parents at Puritan when they were kids. I am also thankful for the many dedicated people who have worked with me.”

He has been president of Puritan Furniture for the past 30 years. He started working in the family business for his father, William Singer, as a college student and became involved full-time in 1971 after he completed graduate school.

The history of Puritan Furniture began in 1931 when William Singer started the Superior Upholstery Co. Success came quickly for the elder Singer with an expansion in 1938, as he became a respected supplier to retail furniture dealers up and down the East Coast. A few years later, he opened Puritan Furniture Mart, a retail store that in 1968, was awarded the National Brand Name Retailer of the Year by Brand Names Foundation, Inc.

Puritan Furniture’s going-out -of-business sale begins Thursday, Jan. 9, at 1061 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. The liquidation includes all furniture in the Puritan Clearance Outlet. Everything will be marked down to liquidation prices.

The Singer family and Puritan Furniture have made significant contributions to many organizations locally and throughout the region, including Hole In The Wall Gang Camp; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (awarding an Annual Scholarship at the Center For Creative Youth at Wesleyan University); Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Research at Yale University; Jewish Community Foundation; and William Singer Pre-Holocaust and Holocaust European Collection at the Museum of Jewish Civilization, University of Hartford.

Singer said, “It’s an incredible privilege to have been able to give to so many organizations and their volunteers, as well as patients, campers and students who have benefited from Puritan’s contributions.” Visit www.puritanfurniture.com for more information.

Connecticut Media Group