The 135-year-old company, which is led by a great-grandson of the chain’s founder, said Wednesday that it will furlough virtually all of its store and distribution workers, most of its warehouse staff and corporate office personnel to “a minimum level for necessary operations.”
The company has 120 showrooms in 16 states. It earlier announced that it was shutting its stores through April 2 and would continue paying affected workers during that period. Now, it says it is extending the suspension of its operations through April 30 and furloughing employees. Staffers will “continue to receive enrolled health benefits while on furlough, with Havertys covering 100% of the premiums through this announced period of closure,” Havertys said in a news release.