Jeff Lombard has operated International Athletic since 1980 out of a building he owns at 2044 Main Street. So it came as a surprise to some when he put the space up for lease back in early 2016.
Lombard said the Main Street storefront recently caught the interest of Omar Avelar of Bellingham who wants to open a furniture store in the space.
Avelar said he plans to open K&A Furniture in February. Products will include sofas, couches, bedroom sets, coffee tables, lamps, cribs and baby furniture. Services will include delivery and setup along with removing the old furniture. Furniture restoration will also be available.
Avelar said he has worked in the furniture business for 3 years and is opening his own store because he believes he can provide affordable quality furniture, which he feels is hard to find.
Lombard said Avelar has leased the storefront space in the front of the building. Lombard plans to continue running International Athletic custom canvas bags, custom silk screening and All Season Party Tents from his workspace in the back of the building.
Avelar hopes to add flooring products in the future.