Compass Furniture Going Out of Business

JEFFERSON, La. — Compass Furniture is closing permanently after nearly a half century in business. The retailer’s final liquidation sale begins March 21 at 5025 Bloomfield Street, behind the Oscher medical building in Jefferson.

Compass Furniture was established in 1977 by the late Lou Rippner. His son, Billy, is the current owner of the family business. 

“As I look forward to my upcoming retirement, my family and I want to thank our community and dedicated employees for their unwavering loyalty and support through the years,” said the younger Rippner in a press release.

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A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Lou Rippner earned a law degree from Cleveland State University before pivoting his career into the furniture industry. After working in the furniture division of City Stores for five years, he opened his own business. Billy Rippner began his role as co-owner of Compass Furniture in 1992. 

The Rippners have been supporters of Second Harvest Food bank, the Salvation Army and other regional charities.

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