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Monday, February 15, 2016

National Furniture to move, building to be replaced by Carl's Jr.

National Furniture, with it's large sign and highly visible location in the University District at 1230 N. Division is on the move to allow their current building to be demolished. The building, which has acted as the furniture store's retail home for many years will be demolished to make way for a fast food restaurant, further marking the neighborhoods transition from empty buildings and furniture stores to a more up to date area with college students clearly in mind.

Locally owned and operated, National Furniture will leave the site but will not be going out of business. The retail side of the furniture store will move into excess space at it's current warehouse. That new location is 213 E. Ermina Ave. , a block west of Ruby and just South of Camp Chevrolet. The new location, while less visible, will allow National Furniture to stay in much of the same area.

Sales are going on now in preparation of National Furniture's move, which will likely happen within the next couple of months. Upon moving out the building, demolition will likely begin promptly with a new, much smaller building for Carl's Jr. to be constructed on the same site.

The new Carl's Jr. will be a franchise location owned by CJ Star, LLC of Boise . No opening date is scheduled as of yet but the new fast food restaurant should be open for business by the end of the year. Like most other Carl's Jr. locations the restaurant will feature both a indoor dining area and a drive through lane. Plans call for the new Carl's Jr. to be approximately 2,800 square feet with a surface parking lot on the same piece of land.

There is no news about how many new job might be created by the opening of a Carl's Jr. on the site, but the National Furniture move will result in no lost jobs as all employees will be able to move along with the store.