Al Grace Appliance to close after 58 years
Al Grace Appliance announces that it will close its business in the Rockford area after 58 years. Alfonso, “Al Grace” Graceffa started the business and it is now owned by his son Lou Grace.
Lou says, “This is a very emotional decision for me. But after fifty years in business, I’m ready to retire. The next generation has different plans for their lives, and I don’t want to sell the business to anyone outside of the family. Our entire family is grateful for the opportunity to have served the Rockford Ward over the past fifty-eight years. “
Al Grace Appliance was founded in 1962 by Alfonso Graceffa “Al Grace” at 312 9th Street in Rockford. In 1999, the Al Grace device was relocated to its current location at 811 W. Riverside Boulevard in Rockford and expanded there. Al Grace, best known for his band and quirky ads, passed away in 2017 at the age of 98.
A retirement sale will take place from April, liquidating all equipment and mattresses in the store.