Locking the doors

Furniture store closing Rockdale branch after more than a quarter-century


Three generations of the Orsag family were on hand Tuesday as the Rockdale store got ready to close its doors. From left, Elder B. Orsag, Jim Barker and Glenda Barker. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Three generations of the Orsag family were on hand Tuesday as the Rockdale store got ready to close its doors. From left, Elder B. Orsag, Jim Barker and Glenda Barker. Reporter/Marie Bakken Main Street in Rockdale will seem a little emptier after this week. Orsag’s is closing its store on Main Street after 26 years in business. The furniture and appliance store officially locked the front doors on Wednesday (Aug. 31).

The company’s flagship store in Giddings will remain open according to current owner Glenda (Orsag) Barker. Shutting down the Rockdale branch was a very difficult decision for her.

“I just want to thank the community of Rockdale for their support over the last 28 years. We are a family and a business and we just thank them for everything they’ve done,” she said.

At its largest, Orsag’s took up an half block at Main and Bell streets and even used old Henr y’s Garage building for storage.

A cake and punch reception was held on Tuesday honoring the Rockdale store’s employees, including Carol Walker who is retiring, after being with the company for 26 years.

The original owner, the late Alvin Orsag, opened the Rockdale store in December, 1984.

At Tuesday’s reception, three generations of the Orsag family were on hand. Orsag’s wife Elder B., current owner and daughter Glenda Barker and Barker’s son Jim, who also helps run the family business.

“It’s been a good ride,” Glenda Barker said. “Rockdale helped make us who we are.”

She said Rockdale customers will still be served through the Giddings store.


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