Rocky Top Being Investigated After Closure

A well-known central Kentucky furniture store is under investigation after suddenly closing and allegedly leaving dozens of paying customers without their furniture, according to WTVQ.

Rocky Top Furniture in Lancaster has been making log furniture for decades and supplied a number of RV parks and campgrounds throughout North America.

“We’ve done stuff for the United States Army,” said Robert Matheny, a former employee at Rocky Top Furniture. “We’ve done stuff on DIY Network and Great American Country. We’ve had our own TV show.”

But then three years ago, the owners Gwen and Tommy Mitchell said they sold the business to a company called Cardinal Industries in Wilmore.

“They believed that in selling the business it was going to be ongoing,” said Sandra Spurgeon, attorney for Gwen and Tommy Mitchell.

The Mitchells stayed on as landlords of the property. Then back in July the business suffered a fire.

“And after the fire the Mitchell’s learned that Mr. Coppedge and his group had actually negotiated or were negotiating the sale of the business just prior to the fire,” said Spurgeon.

The new owner was a man named Alvan McQueen.

It was under his ownership, the Mitchells’ attorney says they started to have problems.

“There were lease payments that were owed to the Mitchells that weren’t paid,” said Spurgeon.

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