Marine Home Center, the largest island-based supplier of home goods on Nantucket, announced this week that it will be ending sales of major appliances.
The company stated that it would no longer be accepting orders for large appliances - including refrigerators, cooking ranges, freezers, washers, and dryers - effective Monday, Sept. 25th. Marine Home Center plans to continue providing repair services and support for customers who have purchased appliances in the past, and it does not expect any layoffs as a result of the decision.
"Over the past few years, Marine Home Center’s appliance business has experienced significant change," according to a statement shared with the Current by Marine Home Center president Walt Spokowski. "The lingering effects of the pandemic on the supply chain, long order lead times, inflation, lack of warehouse storage space, limitations in our boat reservations, scarcity of year-round housing, and a shortage of employees, have adversely impacted our major appliance business."
The company's website now reflects the change, and signs were erected in the Marine Home Center showroom on Orange Street to alert customers.
The statement shared by Spokowski emphasized that Marine Home Center "will re-allocate its employees and resources to its core business. There will be no layoffs associated with this decision."
The company will continue to sell small appliances like air conditioners, dehumidifiers, televisions, compact refrigerators, countertop microwaves, and garbage disposals.