Both Coastal Appliance and Mattress stores in Lincoln County will be staying in local hands as retiring owners Monica and Fritz Hucke will be leaving the store’s legacy in the care of Lincoln City natives David and Mandy Weiss.
“I went to school with Monica and Fritz’s son, so we know the previous owners well and have a history and a relationship with them,” Mandy said. “People are glad to see it’s staying in local hands.”
David and Mandy Weiss graduated from Taft High School and returned to the area after graduating college at Oregon State and Portland State, respectively. David has a history of real estate and construction work in Lincoln County, and as of Feb. 1, the two have added the proprietorship of the long-time local appliance store to their repertoire.
“The previous owners did a great job over the years. This was a Sears Hometown store for 20 plus years before they turned it into an independent dealer,” David said. “They were looking for the right people to take it over, and they picked us because of our relationship and history here.”
Coastal Appliance currently offers consumer-rated appliance products, such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, in addition to a variety of mattresses and chairs. The showrooms and products are largely the same at both locations and both stores offer professional delivery and installation service for customers.
The stores are located at 1517 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City and at 2200 N Coast Highway 101 in Newport.
“I’ve been working here for about seven months, working with Monica, who is actually still staying on for awhile,” Mandy said.
“It’s an existing business, so we’re not starting from scratch, we’re taking on the existing legacy from these stores,” David added.
For now, David and Mandy will continue running the stores as they’ve been run in the past, but they are looking to make some changes later down the line. That mainly means adding new products, but Mandy said with the state the appliance industry is in due to the pandemic, it might be a while before their plans come to fruition.
“We’re going to keep operations as they are, but we’re likely going to bring in new furnishing, specifically outdoor furnishings, eventually,” David said, as Mandy noted generators, grills and outdoor furniture were some items they hoped to add soon.
Despite the uncertainty the pandemic has brought on everything, David said business has been good so far.
“Everyone is staying home now and are investing more in their homes. They aren’t traveling and are working from home, so they want to make sure their appliances are in working order and are comfortable,” David said.
The two are also hoping to partner with local companies like hotels and vacation rentals to see about making bulk sales.
Both stores are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.