City dealt another blow as furniture department closes

A well known furniture store is set to close in the coming weeks.

Seymour Dugan Interior’s is one of many family run businesses to be hit by the challenging economic climate and the decision to cease trading in furniture 
has been taken.

However, the separate flooring and rug businesses associated with the firm will continue trading from the Chapel Hill site and the Downpatrick branch which will continue selling furniture.

It is expected five jobs will be lost.

Speaking about the closure of the furniture department Jonathan Dugan said: “The furniture department will sadly close its doors and we do expect this to be tied up within a month.

“However, the flooring and carpet business as well as the rug business are expanding and going well and will continue trading.”

Seymour Dugan began trading in 1966 at 3 Chapel Hill, Lisburn - formerly the family home - selling second-hand furniture.

Seymour’s father and grandfather had previously ran their plumbing business from this address.

Over a period the focus of the business switched to new furniture. In the early 1970s the first carpet shop opened at Graham Gardens.

The carpet and furniture businesses were transferred to the present premises at 42-56 Chapel Hill in the early 1980s.

Seymour’s sons, Jonathan and Rodney, acquired the business in 1994 and, as partners, introduced the wood flooring department.

Following a fire, which completely destroyed the premises, the present modern store was opened in 2000 and the rug gallery opened two years later.