Longtime Medford furniture business is closing

The run is over for Joseph Winans Furniture Co.

Owner Joe Pedrojetti confirmed today the retailer is going out of business.
The store will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and reopen for its final sale starting Thursday.

“I feel like a fighter who has fought too many 12-rounders and I need to move on,” said Pedrojetti, who has operated the store along with his wife Frances and son Jimmy. “I don't like the word quitting, but it's been a difficult time for our industry. We've run a lot of sales and this is the last round, the last mile. We want it to be the best.”

The store had as many as 60 employees in the 1990s, but only six plus family members remained on the payroll when the decision to close was announced today.

Mark Winans and Pedrojetti moved to Southern Oregon from Nevada and launched furniture business in 1978 in a leased building in Ashland. They bought what was Weeks & Orr in Medford in 1984, and moved the business here. The business grew to four stores, including Grants Pass and to both sides of West Main Street.

Winans died of cancer in June 10, 1994 at the age of 44.

Joseph Winans Furniture Co. twice opened stores in Grants Pass. When the economy began to falter five years ago, the furniture retailer contracted once more to downtown Medford and finally consolidated into the Weeks & Orr building.

— Greg Stiles


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