Gamburg’s Furniture to close after 94 years in business in Pennsylvania

Store closing occurs with the retirement of owners Sidney and Joyce Gamburg

HATBORO, Penn. — Retailer Gamburg’s Furniture is going out of business after 94 years as owners Sidney and Joyce Gamburg are planning to retire.

A going out-of-business sale that is open to the public started Sept. 2 at the store located at 107 S. York Road in downtown Hatboro.

The sale will feature deeply discounted products from resources such as Craftmaster, Southern Motion, Flexsteel, Howard Miller, Nisley Amish, Best Chair, HomeStretch and Bassett. Other name brands include Rowe, American Drew, England, King Hickory, Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Temple, Hooker, Riverside and Aspen Home.

The Gamburgs are third-generation owners of the retailer, which was started in 1930 by Sidney’s grandfather, Michael Gamburg. He opened the first store between Moreland Avenue and the local post office.

In 1946, Michael and his two sons, Samuel and Louis, along with son-in-law Ed Leopold, purchased a larger location on South York Road, which expanded again two years later.

Samuel and Louis took ownership of the business after their father died and added locations in Newton and Lansdale in the 1950s and 1970s, which later closed.

Louis was also a founding member of the Style Trend Furniture Group which was formed in 1952 by a group of prominent, family-owned furniture stores in the Philadelphia area. Forty-five-year Gamburg‘s employee Walter Beck  Jr., who was hired by Louis, served as the group’s president.

Sidney, who is Louis’ son, joined the business in 1962 after graduating from college and serving in the U.S. Army. He became a partner the following year. That same year Samuel Lewis died in a plane crash, which left Louis and Sidney as the two remaining owners.

Sidney and Joyce Gamburg’s three sons each worked in the family business for a short time before following their own career paths.

The retailer has been known for its long-time support of the community, such as adding lamp posts on Main Street, trees on Old York Road and the local little league, along with its contributions to area schools and churches.

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at and at 336-508-4616.

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