Lifestyles moving to bigger store

The furniture company is heading to a former bar site.
Friday, July 9, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:34 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Instead of loud music and dancing, what used to be the dance club By George on Broadway will become the home for the collections of Lifestyles Furniture.

According to Lifestyles’ owner, Jerome Rackers, the current location at Seventh and Walnut, dating to 1976, does not have enough space to accommodate its needs. “We’ll have the same great level of service just with more space,” Rackers said.

Customers can look forward to twice the amount of selections to browse over when looking for futons, living room or bedroom furniture and more selections of upholstery. Rackers said there is another perk to the new location other than the increase in size from 3,900 square feet to 6,500 ; he now owns the building instead of having to rent.

He said they will be moving to the 63 E. Broadway location in mid-August and the grand opening will take place in September. The two-story building at Seventh and Walnut was built in 1900 by J.M. Batterton, who rented it to the city for $75 a month. It was the City Hall until the Howard Municipal Building at Broadway and Sixth was built in 1932.

After 25 years, By George closed in February because owner Dave Tye lost the lease on the property.

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