From WKTV, Channel 2, Utica, NY
After more than 60 years, Drogen’s Home Furnishings in Oneonta closing
By Lexie O’Connor
ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) – Drogen’s Home Furnishings on Route 23 in Oneonta will close in July, after more than 60 years of furnishing homes across Central New York.
“We saw a tremendous opportunity and very substantial growth in the electric supply industry and then the opportunity came and a local merchant said he was very interested, so we said this is a great opportunity,” said Drogen.
Drogen started working in what was then his parents store when he was just a young boy. Although the business has changed with competition from larger retail stores and online shopping, he feels there’s still a place for local retail.
“For me, it’s very clear there is definitely a place in this world for locally-owned, independent business who offer, service, competitive pricing and the personal touch,” says Drogen. “And what I have observed over the years, even though there’s been lots of competition to those kinds of sorts, I think the local businesses will endure a long time.”
Once closed, the property will remain a local furniture store, turning into Scholet Furniture.
Drogen anticipates the store to close sometime in July. He said it’s just a matter of when all the furniture is sold.