Hitchcock Chairs considering expansion of operations

Photo via Hitchcock Chair Company's Facebook page
Photo via Hitchcock Chair Company's Facebook page

WINSTED and RIVERTON — The Hitchcock Chair Company is looking to possibly expand operations to the Winsted Industrial Park.
The company was founded in 1818 by Lambert Hitchcock but closed shop in 2006.
The name was purchased in 2010 by Still River Antiques owner Rick Swenson and his business partner Gary Hath.
Since 2010, the owners have continued to sell chairs, dining furniture, dressers, and other various furniture items at its store located at 13 Riverton Road in Riverton and online.
The potential expansion was announced by Winsted Town Manager Robert Geiger on Monday, May 18, and was confirmed via an interview with Swenson.
“It’s a good possibility, but we’re waiting for the building at the park to change ownership,” Swenson said. “I’ve been negotiating with the potential new owners. Unfortunately, everything has been held up by this whole pandemic over the past few months.”
Swenson said that they are looking at leasing out 10,000 square feet in the park to manufacture chairs.
As for how the business is doing during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, Swenson described it as “I am not sure if I would use the word ‘good,’ but we are surviving.”
“Our store has been closed for the past nine weeks,” Swenson said. “It puts a damper on your activity. I think we made it through the worst of it here. We will be opening a showroom in the original Hitchcock factory, at least temporarily.”
The showroom, home to the original Hitchcock Chair factory, is located at 2 School Street in Riverton.
For hours and more information go to www.facebook.com/HitchcockChair/

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