Mathis Brothers furniture in Indio has temporarily closed (again)

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After a surprising reopening last week in which it claimed it was an essential business during the coronavirus pandemic, Mathis Brothers furniture store in Indio has temporarily closed again.

The store’s website notes, “Our Indio, California showroom is closed temporarily.  We are excited for our opportunity to re-open to the public and to once again be your one-stop shop destination for home furnishings.”

A Mathis Brothers manager told KESQ last week that the store is an “essential” business, and was exempt from the state stay-at-home order. Health officials disagreed.

The opening came at the same time that many Americans were set to receive stimulus checks from the federal government – and, as it turns out, most Americans decided to use their stimulus checks to buy necessities like food and gas rather than a La-Z-Boy or dining set.

Riverside County spokesperson Brooke Federico told the TV station on Monday that store owners voluntarily agreed to close in-person sales as of today.