The upcoming closure of Rupp Furniture, a local business with a 112-year history in Archbold, will have an impact on the downtown, and the village as a whole.
If the building becomes vacant, it will detract from downtown as a center for retail business, the naysayers will claim.
They will say this is yet another example of local retail being killed by things like the Internet and the big box stores. Stick a fork in downtowns across the nation because they’re done, detractors will chortle.
The United States Marine Corps has an unofficial motto: “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” It means improvise with the tools available, adapt to the situation, and overcome obstacles.
This can be applied to downtown Archbold. Downtown needs to improvise with what’s available, adapt those assets to the situation, and overcome.
It’s not impossible. In fact, it’s been done in Archbold for years. New businesses have opened in spaces left by old ones. If that new business can’t sustain itself, another business has moved in, and then tries to make it work.
Case in point: The Stotzer building in downtown Archbold. When Stotzer Hardware closed, the building was converted to a restaurant. When that closed, a second restaurant went in.
While the closing of Rupp Furniture will be a blow, Archbold will improvise, adapt, and overcome.