The axe has fallen on local home improvement retailer Weisman Discount Home Centers Inc. The eight-store chain, which is headquartered in Springfield Gardens, Queens, recently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in Delaware Bankruptcy Court, listing liabilities between $10 million and $50 million. The 77-year-old retailer owes money to more than 100 creditors, who will meet to divvy up assets in September.
Weisman is closing all of its locations, which are scattered throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and is laying off about 111 people, according to notices filed with the New York state Department of Labor. William Hazeltine of Sullivan Hazeltine Allinson, the lawyer handling the bankruptcy case, did not return calls requesting comment. There was no answer at any of Weisman’s current stores.