By: Jim Lokay

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Going out of business sales will soon commence at all local Roomful Express Furniture stores, after an Allegheny County judge ordered the chain into receivership.

The company, which did business for decades as Freight Liquidators before refocusing its efforts on crafting a more upscale image, made the announcement after lenders forced an $18 million judgment.

In a statement, Roomful Express blamed the current economic climate, saying “lower housing starts and a poor credit environment have been significant factors in the decline of consumer confidence when it comes to purchasing furniture.”

It says “many” employees will keep their jobs during the upcoming liquidation sale, but all 11 locations, including two Ashley Furniture stores in central Pennsylvania, will close sometime in 2011.

In all, 300 employees will eventually be out of work, including workers at its headquarters in Crafton.

In the meantime, the company says customers with deposits down on merchandise will receive their goods.

A toll-free phone number (1-888-696-7378) has been set up to answer customer questions.

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