FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — After a Fall River appliance store abruptly closed last week, leaving customers waiting for prepaid deliveries, other area stores are stepping up to help out.
The Fall River Salvation Army says they are one of the groups using those services. Major Geoffrey Swires told Eyewitness News they were waiting on almost $4,000 worth of appliances from Nate Lion’s which was already paid for.
The appliances are going to be used to renovate a shelter for women and their children.
“Luckily, another business stepped up to help,” Swires said. “Wickford Appliance will be helping us out.”
The appliance store is also extending that same courtesy to other customers.
In a Facebook video, the company said any customers who bring in a Nate Lion’s receipt can purchase the same product at cost.
“We feel really terrible for these people,” said Richard Marashio, owner of Stan & Paul’s. “We are encouraging people to contact their credit card companies, try to get the money back. Bring in your receipt and we will honor the amount you paid with free delivery.”
Iz Schwartz Appliance is also offering help.
“I’ve been a member of the community for a long time, third-generation here, and it’s just not right what they did to people like that,” owner Leah Schwartz MacLeod said. “We are selling items at cost, and also offering advice in any way we can to people.”
Paul E. Saperstein Company has been hired to auction off Nate Lion’s Appliance World’s remaining showroom inventory.
The auction will take place Dec. 3.
Eyewitness News reached out to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office about Nate Lion’s closing and is awaiting comment.