Hulett Furniture Begins Last Sale

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

After 125 years in business, a Meridian furniture store is closing. Hulett's has been part of downtown for almost as long as downtown Meridian has existed.

It opened to a special invitation-only closeout sale Thursday morning.

Hulett Furniture Company is getting rid of all its inventory, and is offering deep discounts.

The grandfather of current owner, Fred Hulett, opened the store in 1885.
Hulett says there are no younger family members interested in taking over the business.

"It has just been more than we ever expected," said store Hulett. "I waited on one gal. She is a 4th generation in our family that has bought furniture at Hulett's, and that really makes you feel good that young people in Meridian are still coming back."

Hulett owns the building at 23rd Avenue and Front Street. At this time, he said he doesn't have plans for it.

Hulett is one of three downtown businesses that have been open since the 1800s. Weidmann's first opened in 1870. It's temporarily closed right now, under new ownership. Loeb's, which has been handed down for four generations, opened in 1887.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    well to those that say close the door good bye.. you wouldnt be saying that if it was your job now would you.. but then your are the type that is part of the problem now aren't you
  • by Paula Location: Meridian on Jul 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    Then slugs must be pretty smart. I recently bought over $11000 worth of furniture from Miskellys in Jackson and didn't drive all over the place...yep one trip is all it took and was over there for business anyway. The sad thing is that I had priced the very SAME furniture at Huletts...the SAME... and it was over twice as much as Miskellys. I had a problem with one of the dining chairs, called them and within a week they brought me another chair. If Huletts had treated me fairly, even charged me a couple of thousand more, I would have been happy to keep my business in Meridian. But only someone with a brain of a slug would have been that stupid. I always try to do business in Meridian but this was ridiculous.
  • by Meridan Location: MS on Jul 19, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    Close the doors. No one cares about this over priced store!
  • by Customer? Location: Meridian on Jul 17, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    You know I was in Huletts a few weeks ago on a serious buying mission. Went several times before I made up my mind on my purchase. Spent approx $1000. I noticed today that one of the bedroom suites we looked at that was marked $3995 when we were in there last month is now marked $7498?? now. I felt a bit angry and as a result did not purchase anything today. They will probably mark things down as time goes on but they are cleaning up right now. They do have very nice furniture I must say.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    btw KC you like to have a corp making billions like walmat and such and little of that money is spent on the areas they do business in ____ walmart and such wont even buy products from the local area.. to keep people in jobs .. oh and they are cheaper.. now say your job goes under and over seas.. well KC is people like you that causes this... as well as over taxation
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    omg as i read comments on the blogs here and other stories it is amazing this one post is a teacher another is a vet ad so on. all i see is race and class bashing.. you that travel all over the shop to get cheap things you dont see you spent the same amount if not more doing so.. gas time item you buy. like all here dont by US as china is cheaper and the reset... then YIP that all the jobs leave.. ____ for "educated people" you sure show that slugs have more brains then you do.
  • by Nannette Location: Amherst NY on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    I bought my first bed and chaise lounge from there when I was in the Navy... Still have the bed... Nice people and nice furniture...
  • by KC Location: Meridian on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    I think that they were heavily dependant on upper class money to keep the business profitable for many years.The newer generation is not SHOPPING here. I used to believe in shopping at local businesses until I saw how the local business owners that are getting unbelievably wealthy, were still practicing snobbery. I'll continue to shop in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Mobile and Birmingham. If you want MY money spent at YOUR store, then I suggest you make your prices competitive, affordable and lose the stuck up attitude. We have money and we will travel elsewhere to spend it.
  • by Exactly Location: Meridian on Jul 16, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    Private sale by invitation only? Even when they are broke and going out of business the owner still had to only cater to the rich... Glad he is going under! Private sale? Pompous owner!
  • by Late Location: at the bank on Jul 16, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    I received my invitation but didn't it until today. I figured it was junk mail. I had never bought furniture at Huletts. I tried once. I walked in and no one paid me any attention and I had a house to fill with furniture. It really was a slap in the face. I don't know if I looked too young or too poor. The thing was I could have paid cash for everything I wanted. I guess they figured that out because somehow I was mailed an invite. Too bad I didn't go and all of my furniture didn't come from there.
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