Gerdt Furniture to close doors after 53-year run

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After more than 50 years in business, the Gerdt family will exit the furniture industry with the closing of its original store in Southport.

The store’s closing, which will begin Dec. 28 with a liquidation sale, follows Gerdt’s decision to shut its Castleton store in October. The company opened a 65,000-square-foot store along U.S. 36 in Avon in late 2006 but shut it in August 2009 as sales softened during the recession.

Owner John Gerdt could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon after sending a release announcing the family's decision.

In the statement, he said: “The decision to close our business was difficult. Gerdt Furniture is a part of the history in Indianapolis and we have loved being a part of so many families’ lives. But there comes a time to move on, and [my wife] Cherie and I have decided to retire while we can still offer our customers the quality merchandise and service we are known for.”

Edward Gerdt, a detective for the city of Indianapolis in the 1950s, opened the Southport store in 1959 after saving enough money to realize his dream of operating his own business. John Gerdt and his two sons, David and Carey, currently own and operate the business.

The liquidation sale will last as long as inventory remains, according to the statement by John Gerdt.


  • Great people
    My family has been shopping at Gerdt since they first opened and kept expanding in Southport and then to Castleton. Mr Gerdt was always friendly and knowledgeable. When there was a problem once, he replaced the chair for my mother and always went above and beyond to take care of my family. Just because someone had a bad experience one time, don't judge this GREAT company by that. Almost every stick of furniture I have has come from there going back 30 years for me and beyond that for my parents. They always made us feel like part of their family. Sorry someone had a bad experience, but don't ruin their GREAT reputation.
  • Not suprising
    Went to the Avon store twice. Rude salesmen/women both times. In fact, one time, the guy followed us around the store acting like we were going to shoplift a sofa from the floor. Walked out in less than 5 minutes. Bait and switch seemed to be in play for pricing. Never went back. Not surprising at all that all the locations are going to be gone.
    • Gerdt Bad Servic3
      We caught them being dishonest and not delivering the product they promised. They substituted floor models for the new units we ordered and then argued with us About the damaged pieces when we pointed it out. I have refused to even walk in those store since that time.
    • What?
      How can people respond to this article? There is no artilce there----only the title.
    • bad service
      They had bad service.And did not want to take care of there Customers. It was just a matter of time.
    • Gerdt Closing
      I'm sure both John and Carey will be surprised to learn that Carey is John's son. She was born his daughter.
    • Carey Gerdt isn't a son
      I'm sure John and Carey will be surprised to learn that Carey has become a son. Carey his John's daughter.

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