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Hoot Judkins Store Closing After More Than 30 Years in San Bruno

The company is selling the store's building on El Camino Real. The Redwood City location will still remain open.

The store in San Bruno, which has been open for more than 30 years, is closing, Patch has learned.

With its signature owl logo and Big Chair greeting customers before they walk in the door, the custom wood furniture store has been a staple on El Camino Real.

But the company has decided to sell the building, citing dwindling sales at that location.

"The timing was right for selling it," said Hoot Judkins owner Robert Watson Jr. "The economic times definitely makes it more challenging."

The store still remains open, but it is now expediting the liquidation of its merchandise until the sale of the building is final.

With the San Bruno store closing, the company's Redwood City location will be the only one left in the Bay Area (there used to be four stores in the Bay Area, but the San Francisco and Fremont stores have closed).

Watson Jr. said the Redwood City store is still going strong, and customers can always still shop there or online.

He said he hopes the company can open a store again in the northern Peninsula in the future.

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Martin Ricard (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Does anyone know the story behind the Big Chair?
Heidi Beck June 12, 2012 at 02:24 AM
No, but the Fremont store had one too, so I imagine it was just an advertising icon to catch your eye as you drove by or looked for the store.
Rob Chapman June 12, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Goodbye San Bruno staple, hello Chinese discount store.
joe June 12, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Cool store just way too expensive!!
Matt June 12, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Great, Hoot Judkins will move out and another massage parlor will move in.
Vicki Marchant June 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
My grandfather built those giant rockers by hand, one for each store. He currently still lives in SSF. We are saddened to have to leave the San Bruno store, but Bobby and I look forward to continuing on in Redwood City and hopefully expanding in the future.
Carol June 12, 2012 at 07:00 PM
All of the wood furniture I have in my home is from Hoot Judkins. Very sad to see it close.

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