Office furniture resale company opens Danbury store, capitalizes on pandemic ‘work from home’

DANBURY — Right after droves of staff ended up abruptly explained to they’d be performing from dwelling indefinitely two many years in the past, Russell Castro’s telephone started to ring.

Rather of large firms calling to buy high-conclude business office furnishings from his office liquidation and re-sale business enterprise, he was obtaining inquiries from persons hunting for an reasonably priced way to furnish their new — and typically makeshift — house workplaces.

Desire modified so considerably that he started wanting into smaller sized retail stores to meet unique clients’ requires, rather than the regular huge office buildings. Based mostly in North Brunswick, N.J., OFIS Home furniture, LLC started out hosting pop-up retail areas in Long Island, Pennsylvania, and New York, and opened a long lasting retail area in Florida. And on the initial cold weekend in March, Russell Castro opened a second retail area in Danbury with the enable of his brother, Rick Castro, who now manages the keep.

“They’re knowing that they’re heading to be operating from household a whole lot for a longer time now or completely, and they want to ‘up’ their office environment home furniture for their residence,” Russell Castro, president of OFIS Furnishings, LLC, defined. “It was really tens of millions of staff that had been functioning from household in the entire tri-point out spot, so our marketplace pool was significantly bigger now. But we ended up only carrying out a person chair at a time.”

Rick Castro life in New Fairfield and operates various modest firms in the place. He knew the retail landscape and thought Danbury would be a primary place for a retail workplace.

“It’s actually operating out effectively amongst us from equally our ordeals, from my getting in the exterior retail environment to cope with these kinds of spots and with his know-how with the home furniture and the requires that he sees out there,” Rick Castro claimed. “I feel we’re a great team together in that respect.”