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Craftique Furniture Closing After 66 years

A high-end furniture maker in Alamance County is going out of business.

Jeff Tiberii: Craftique has been making hand-crafted mahogany furniture since 1946. But the Mebane based store is no longer making enough money. President Craig Shoemaker says business is only 30-percent of what it was six years ago.

Craig Shoemaker: We tend to think we were among the top five quality manufacturers left in the country and would love to have gone on for a long period of time, but unfortunately the economics just aren't there for us to do it.

Shoemaker says a lack of consumer confidence is one of the biggest factors in the drastic decline of his business. About 25 full-time employees are losing their jobs. A liquidation sale will take place tomorrow in Burlington and the factory will be sold soon.

Jeff Tiberii covers politics for WUNC. Before that, he served as the station's Greensboro Bureau Chief.
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