SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — After a fire destroyed a longtime Lincoln furniture store in December, the owners have found a new location just one town over.
In a Facebook post, the owners said Knock on Wood Furniture will relocate to 90 Douglas Pike in Smithfield.
“We have some things to do to make the store an even better location to visit and we are excited to soon be able to see our customers and serve them in a personable way,” the post read.
Owner Mike Gordon tells 12 News he stumbled upon the Smithfield location by chance, and found out it was for lease.
Knock on Wood’s website indicates current orders are still being filled and new orders are being accepted, despite the fire that destroyed its storefront.
“It has been a challenging experience these last several weeks and we are grateful for the love and support from our customers and community,” the post continued.
Firefighters rushed to the Lonsdale Avenue store in the late evening of Dec. 1 to find the building completely engulfed. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Fisher told 12 News the wood, lacquer and other combustible materials inside the building caused the flames to spread quickly.
The building was deemed a total loss and demolished a short time later.
Initially, Gordon thought all of the company’s customer records were lost in the fire, making informing customers who may not have seen the news even more challenging. He says he hired an excavator to dig through the ruins.
“We spent a day we found our records at the bottom of the rubble pile, and that was a miracle in itself. It’s like a needle in a haystack, and we found them and we were able to reach out and tell our customers, ‘You know, this is why you haven’t heard from us,'” he said.
Gordon says he’s been moved by the support from the community.
“Not a day goes by where I don’t get a call saying, you know, ‘How you guys doing? We miss you, can’t wait for you to get back. We’ll be customers for life,'” Gordon said. “Everything is fine and we’re coming back. It’s been very inspiring.”
The owners have not yet officially announced a target date for the reopening in Smithfield, though Gordon tells 12 News he’s hoping to welcome customers in as early as two or three weeks.