Weigold closes Torrington flooring store


TORRINGTON — The name Weigold is well known in Torrington; for more than 90 years, his flooring company has served homeowners and businesses in Litchfield County and surrounding areas.

Owner Richard Weigold posted a message on the company’s website and Facebook page this week saying the East Albert Street retail store was closed.

“For the past 92 years, it has been an honor and a privilege for Weigold Floor Covering to serve thousands of families and businesses across Litchfield County,” he wrote Thursday. “As your local and trusted supplier to our industry for five generations, we have proudly installed millions of feet of tile and flooring throughout the region. Today we are announcing our decision to close our retail store. »

Weigold and his wife, Cara, sold their flooring business in 1991, but in 1997 Weigold and his father opened Weigold Floor Covering on Migeon Avenue. It was later moved to the southeast corner of Water and Prospect streets. Weigold took it over when his father retired in 1991, and in 2014 the business moved to East Albert Street.

Weigold Floor Covering in Torrington has closed.

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Weigold also owns a real estate company, buying, renovating and selling housing. But since the start of the price war in 2020, he said, he hasn’t done much of that. The flooring industry, however, has an established reputation and long-time customers, he said.

“We’ve always been a quality-driven company, and finding help, and finding qualified help that delivers that quality, has been a real challenge,” Weigold said. The company will continue to serve a select group of business customers, he said.

A new business

Weigold opened Northern Farm and Forestry, a plant nursery on his family farm in Goshen, in May. By opening the nursery, he said at the time, he was honoring a family tradition of agricultural and farm-related activities. His great-grandfather, Arthur, was the first to homogenize milk at Torrington Creamery, he said.

The business has grown rapidly since opening in the spring, selling annuals, perennials, bedding plants and shrubs that he propagates and grows himself.

“I think there was a nursery in Goshen maybe 25 years ago, and there hasn’t been a local nursery since,” Weigold said. “So we make nursery products, and also fresh vegetables, Goshen eggs. … We remain attentive to needs and if we can meet them, we will.

“We want to be more than just a nursery – we want to be a destination,” he said. “People come here every Friday to collect eggs or whatever is ready for that day.”

Weigold is happiest in nursery these days.

“This farm has been in my family for years, and it’s where I really want to spend my time,” he says. “In the world we live in, a lot of people are not really happy; but when people show up to buy flowers for their patio or terrace, they are happy.

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The East Albert Street flooring company building will continue to serve as a store – with an upcoming stock clearance sale – and a warehouse for supplies. “We will have inventory of flooring, furniture, kitchen displays, that sort of thing, for sale,” Weigold said.

He has no intention of selling the building at this time. “Maybe it will become another home improvement spot,” he said. “Maybe we’ll find the right tenant to work with.”

Weigold also considered selling the business himself, but decided he wanted to keep his name out of any sale. “It’s a funny thing; if it was called Torrington Flooring it would be one thing, but it’s Weigold Floor Covering, and God forbid, if we sell it and something goes wrong, I don’t want my name attached to it.

The Weigolds were touched by the many comments on their Facebook page after the announcement, mostly fond farewells and compliments for their service and business.

“The comments were overwhelming,” Weigold said. “If there was ever a way to get to a point where we weren’t going to continue, it went about as well as I could have hoped.”

Clients such as Sharon and Lou Waagner of Torrington have raved about the flooring company, which helped them update their bathroom earlier this year.

“We had to make our bathroom handicap accessible for Lou, and other than the railings behind the shower curtain, you’d never know it was done,” Sharon Waagner said. “Lou needed it, and we love the way it looks. They did such a fabulous job.

“I feel bad that they’re closing, because they’re doing such a good job,” she said. “I met Richard through Torrington Downtown Partners, and when he came to do the work with us, he came to take the measurements himself. The team never left any damage. He has a great team; if they can do commercial work, that’s great.


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