New Bedford – New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang, joined City Council President Leo Pimental, Executive Director of the New Bedford Economic Development Council Matthew Morrissey, and the new owners of “New Bedford Antiques at the Cove” at the official ribbon cutting ceremony. City officials welcomed New Bedford Antiques at the Cove to its new home in the historic Kilburn Mill at 127 West Rodney French Boulevard, situated at the Gateway to the City’s peninsula. The new showroom is only a short distance from the downtown and north end business districts, as well many of the city’s cultural and recreational attractions.
“I am happy that this business will remain in New Bedford and now will attract tourists and residents alike to the beautiful South End of our city,” said Mayor Lang.
The new owners, Alan Harman, Steven Lefkowitz, and Judd Zeitz, each have over 30 years of business experience in New Bedford and by opening their new showroom in the historic Kilburn Mill they show their commitment to the city. The owners plan for this retail area to be one of the largest and finest enclosed showcases for antiques and antique furniture in the greater New England area.
“Between the three of us, we have a history of over 150 years of family owned business in New Bedford,” Zeitz said. “We are very fortunate we had the chance to move New Bedford Antiques to a location owned by Steve. This way, our dealers have the opportunity to keep their businesses going. Many dealers depend on the profit they make here,” he added.
The showroom expands across more than one acre of floor space in the city’s turn-of-the-century mill and is designed so that antique dealers can rent space to sell their own collectibles. Currently, more than 250 dealers have established displays in the new showroom.
“Again, this is another example of a New Bedford business having to make and decision and deciding to make New Bedford its home. New Bedford Antiques at the Cove will no doubt be an anchor for business in this part of city, and for its dealers who created a small business here that otherwise may not exist” remarked New Bedford Economic Development Council Executive Director Matthew A. Morrissey.
New Bedford Antiques at the Cove is easily accessible from Rte. I-195, and is only one hour south of Boston and 30 minutes east of Providence. The antiques showroom is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and on Sundays from noon to 5PM.