HENDERSON, KY. (WFIE) - Alles Brothers Furniture Co. was a hallmark of the Henderson community for more than a century, but had to close its doors when the last in family died last year. But there’s a new Alles in town who is determined to reopen the store.
Exactly 100 years ago, Alles Brothers Furniture moved into their current location, not far away from where Jacob Alles opened the original store in 1899. The store survived the Great Depression and two World Wars.
Jacob handed over the business to his son Herman in 1945 who had just returned from serving in the army.
“I know Herman, he wanted to continue the store even after he died but only if it was going to be workable and still be able to make a profit,” relative Jack Alles said.
Herman died last June at the age of 95 less than a year after his sister Mary Frances. Neither had children and left everything they owned to Holy Name Church including the furniture store.
The Owensboro Diocese closed up shop at Alles Brothers a few months later.
"Then we started kicking around different ideas, you know, possibly it’s our turn to take it over and continue it,” Jack recalled.
Jack and his wife, relatives of Herman and Mary Frances, who also share their name closed on the business in mid-January.
For weeks they’ve been busy cleaning, and working on cosmetic improvements, plus new a HVAC and safety additions.
“A lot of odds and ends that most people won’t see but hopefully they’ll appreciate it,” Alles added.
The goal is to open in June.
"Just come and see us. We may not reach the level Herman had, but we’re going to certainly try,” Alles smiled.
The first Alles Brothers furniture opened in Jasper Indiana in 1860, then moved to Mount Vernon in 1893.
The Henderson location was the last to open in 1899.