Longtime Baton Rouge merchant Royal Furniture Co. closing in May

An aerial view of Baton Rouge from the State Capitol building downtown.

After 71 years in business, locally owned Royal Furniture Co. will be closing its doors at 502 19th St. in late May.

Owner Mike Tricou, who since 1976 has run the store founded by his father in 1946, says he’s been thinking about closing the family owned business for a while. At age 66, he finally decided it was time.

“After you’ve done something for 42 years you start wondering when you’re going to do something else,” Tricou says. “The older you get, you start thinking about working six, sometimes seven days a week as a small business owner and what more you’d like to do.”

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