GENEVA – Plass Appliance & Furniture is closing its Geneva store at 1881 S. Randall Road in the next month or two, a store spokesman confirmed.
Company president Dale Plass said the company is closing all its suburban Chicago stores to focus on a new business in Florida.
“We waited to the company’s 75th year, it’s been a good run, and life is a long road,” Plass said. “We told the employees a while back and we are helping them in finding other positions. We have many loyal employees and they know the game plan. It’s no surprise. We’re working together like we always have.”
The Florida business is named DeSears and also sells appliances, but focuses more on furniture and mattresses, Plass said.
Plass also has stores in Addison, Elmhurst, Naperville and Northbrook. It closed a store last year in Arlington Heights.
Geneva Economic Development Director Ellen Divita said she was unaware Plass was closing.
“Plass has always provided good pricing and fair value,” Divita said. “I bought my last appliance from them. I have not talked to Dale Plass to get the full story. I am sorry to see it close. We thank them for years of service to the community.”
Plass said he had a store in Elgin from 1979 to about 2000, when it relocated to Geneva.
Plass said the decision to close did not come from having to pay higher sales taxes in recent years. The store was among several companies that routed sales through Channahon, allowing it to avoid the higher sales tax rates in the suburban area.
Plass said when the loophole came to light a few years ago, he decided the company would voluntarily pay local taxes, rather than fight it.
“Everything we did was completely correct in the parameters of the law,” Plass said. “The RTA was only one that did not like it, and they lost twice in court. It’s before the Illinois Supreme Court right now. It’s just proving that they have to follow their own rules. We voluntarily began paying sales tax. It’s a no-win situation ... it was easier to say forget it.”
Plass said the company “purposely waited for the 75th anniversary to close the stores.”