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Bruno's closing furniture store in Oklahoma City

Family owned store opened in 1958, but has suffered losses during the economic downturn
BY SUSAN SIMPSON Modified: August 27, 2010 at 4:49 am •  Published: August 27, 2010

Bruno's Home Furnishings store is closing after a half-century of operation.

Frank and Xochitl Bruno opened the store at NW 36 and Western Avenue in 1958. It grew to encompass six adjoining buildings with 35,000 square feet of floor space.

"It's a sad feeling," Frank Bruno said of the closing. "It's been really tough for us."

He said the store profited every year until about two years ago. Furniture stores in Oklahoma City have been hit hard by economic woes, and shoppers have quit making big purchases, he said.

Bruno, 85, has been a daily presence at the store. His daughter Gina Bruno-Dunn is president and buyer. His wife died five years ago.

Bruno-Dunn said the family fought to keep the store open this long.

"Toward the end, we thought if we could just get a little boost of cash," she said. "But no banks would touch us because we had two years of a loss."

Her dad is understandably distraught about the loss of the family business.

"He feels like he failed," Bruno-Dunn said. "In my eyes he didn't fail. Sixty years is a win. That's a huge accomplishment."

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