For Jenners family, the end of a store means a new beginning

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The website screams it all: IT’S THE END!

After 30 years in business, Home Furnishings Association member Jenner’s Home Furnishings in Fort Mohave, Ariz., is going out of business.

Family members are calling the closing a Retirement Sale. That’s because Lin Jenner is going to be retiring and her son, Trevor McAllister, is moving north with his family. 

Lin, who recently turned 65, was married for more than 20 years to Ron Jenner, who started off by selling pots along Highway 95 in Fort Mohave in the late-1980s. Jenner operated stores over the years in Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Fort Mohave. Focus of the business narrowed to stores in Fort Mohave beginning in the mid-1990s. 

The mattress store closed last year. The Main Showroom and Outlet Center will close this spring.

“My stepfather loved furniture,” McAllister said.

McAllister was only 10 years old when his mother and Ron Jenner married in 1992. He grew up working for his stepdad and spent a lot of his youth at the stores moving and delivering furniture.

Ron Jenner died in 2015. McAllister and his wife, Kasey, were in Oregon at the time but came back to run the business and take care of his mother, he said.

The McAllisters worked hard in the stores to make sure they were a success.

“Kasey would help me move couches,” Trevor said. “And she did most of the marketing.”

McAllister had been working for Paul Mitchell School in Portland, Ore., as a hairdresser when his stepfather died. 

He ended up serving as Jenner’s Home Furnishings company president. At a small business, being president means being ready to do whatever is needed, so in a sense, Trevor McAllister views the end of Jenner’s as the beginning of something new for him and his wife.

“The last three years built me a really good resume,” he said.