Lafayette relatives sells La-Z-Boy store following 64 yrs in home furniture business enterprise

Lafayette relatives sells La-Z-Boy store following 64 yrs in home furniture business enterprise

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Homeowners Michael and Ellie Kaplan have formally sold their La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store, hence bringing the family’s 64 years in the household furniture enterprise to a near.

The Kaplans have been in the furniture business for a long time, as Michael’s father opened Kittles of Lafayette, which later on turned into Kaplan’s Interiors. Soon after becoming a member of the family members business enterprise in 1978, Michael and Ellie Kaplan bought the Loeb’s Home furnishings business enterprise across from the Tippecanoe Shopping mall, which was followed by opening Michael’s Furniture Galleries in 1985.

Open for 18 several years, the Kaplans closed their Galleries retail store in 2003, and opened their La-Z-Boy retail outlet in the very same calendar year.

Shelling out additional time with spouse and children whilst however focusing on Ellie’s inside design and style enterprise, “Ellie Kaplan Interiors,” as nicely as obtaining someone trustworthy to market to are a several of the motives the Kaplans gave for advertising their retail outlet.

“It is really time for us to promote,” Ellie explained, “with our age and seeking to be in Florida in the winter and see our grandchildren in Colorado. (The new proprietor) is an operator of other outlets. He’s a superior small business person.”


Ellie Kaplan of Ellie Kaplan Interiors shows shows the living room in the Cusack home off Lingle Terrace in Lafayette.

The new operator is David Hilst of Hilst Enterprises. Hilst has known the Kaplans for practically two a long time. 

“This is (Hilst’s) sixth La-Z-Boy store,” Ellie said. “He has stores in Illinois and one particular in Evansville, and ours is the sixth.”

The retail outlet was formally bought to Hilst on Friday.

“We know them, we like them, we know they would choose actually excellent care of our individuals,” Michael stated, in regards to Hilst Enterprises. “and (they would) take definitely good treatment of our store and the local community way too.”