Established Northern Ireland family-run furniture business set to close after over 60 years

Harman Fine Furnishers owners to retire after serving the community since 1962, however says huge thanks to all their loyal customers
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A family-run furniture business on Antrim’s Church Street is preparing to close its doors for the final time later this month after trading in the town for over six decades.

Founded in 1962 by Sydney and Marie Harman, Harman Fine Furnishers will be pulling down the shutters for good when Sydney and Marie’s sons Gareth and Gerard retire.

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Originally established by Sydney, a skilled cabinet maker operating out of Carson’s Yard on the Ulster Bar Corner, the business evolved over the years into a beloved retail establishment, known then as Complete House Furnishers, situated on High Street.

Gareth and Gerard Harman attended afternoon tea with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM, alongside Alderman John Smyth, Cllr Roisin Lynch and Cllr Paul Dunlop BEM. (Pic: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)Gareth and Gerard Harman attended afternoon tea with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM, alongside Alderman John Smyth, Cllr Roisin Lynch and Cllr Paul Dunlop BEM. (Pic: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)
Gareth and Gerard Harman attended afternoon tea with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Mark Cooper BEM, alongside Alderman John Smyth, Cllr Roisin Lynch and Cllr Paul Dunlop BEM. (Pic: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

Throughout its long history, Harman Fine Furnishers remained a family affair. Sons, Gareth and Gerard joined the business full-time in 1981 and 1987 respectively, working alongside their parents for some time.

The business remained a cornerstone for quality home furnishings and evolved with the times as they navigated through economic challenges such as the credit crunch, financial crisis and the recent trials of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However after decades of hard work and dedication, the brothers have decided it is time to retire and enjoy well-deserved leisure time with family, on the golf course and exploring new travel destinations.

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Looking to the future, the premises of Harman Fine Furnishers will soon be home to Wallace’s, a distinguished men’s clothing and school uniform shop.

In recognition of their contribution to the local community and economy, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, councillor Mark Cooper invited Gareth and Gerard to Antrim Civic Centre for afternoon tea to celebrate the contribution they have made to the local high street.

Cllr Cooper said: “Harman Fine Furnishers have enriched the lives of countless residents with their dedication to quality and service over the years. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Harman family for their contributions and wish them nothing but joy and fulfilment in their well-deserved retirement.

“As we bid farewell to Harman Fine Furnishers, we eagerly anticipate the exciting journey ahead for Wallace’s Menswear as they step into the well-regarded premises."

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Brothers Gareth and Gerard, added: “To all our customers, past and present, we extend our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support throughout the years. It has been an honour to service this community and we cherish the memories we’ve made together.”

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