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Ruby-Gordon files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Ruby-Gordon Home, a well-established, third-generation home furnishings retailer based in Rochester, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing was made on November 20 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.

Aaron Ruby, the current owner and CEO, explained to Furniture Today that the bankruptcy filing is a strategic move to help the company recover from the financial pressures exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden closure of Klaussner earlier this year. Ruby described these events as critical setbacks, particularly pointing to Klaussner’s closure as a significant blow to the company’s stability. He expressed hope that the Chapter 11 process would provide a pathway to a viable future for the retailer, although the exact direction remains uncertain.

In the bankruptcy documents, Ruby-Gordon reported assets and liabilities each ranging from approximately $1 million to $10 million, with an estimated 100 to 199 creditors. This filing reflects the challenging financial situation the company faces, as it seeks to reorganize and stabilize its operations amidst the competitive and evolving retail landscape. The company’s history dates back to 1936 when it was founded by Frank Ruby. Six years later, Frank Ruby partnered with Ted Gordon, marking the beginning of a long-standing business partnership. The company saw further growth under the leadership of Frank’s son, Ray Ruby, who relocated the business to Henrietta, a suburb of Rochester, in the 1960s.

Today, Ruby-Gordon is owned by Ray’s son, Aaron Ruby, and his wife, Janetta Ruby, representing the third generation of family ownership. The retailer operates two showrooms: the flagship store in Henrietta and a second location in Greece Ridge, Rochester. The bankruptcy filing is a pivotal moment in the history of Ruby-Gordon, as the company aims to navigate through its current financial challenges and continue its legacy in the home furnishings industry.