Police order Art Van Furniture store to close early

Art Van Furniture store, Ann Arbor, MI. (Wikipedia Commons)

WARREN, Mich. – Police ordered an Art Van Furniture store in suburban Detroit to close early Saturday because of unruly crowds, the city's mayor said.

Police ordered the store on 14 Mile Road to close at 4 p.m., Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said.

The Warren-based company announced Thursday that it is closing all of its approximately 190 locations and running liquidation sales.

"It’s too dangerous. ... We are shutting them down at 4 o'clock," Fouts told the Detroit Free Press. "We could come close to a riot. I’ve never seen anything this bad.”

There were traffic jams to get into the store and fights were breaking out, Fouts said. The store also has only two security guards, he said.

The company also is having trouble getting employees to come into work, Fouts said.

“Employees are extremely mad and upset, and customers are extremely mad and upset," Fouts said.

Liquidation sales began Friday at all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.