COLUMBUS -- After furnishing thousands of homes in central and eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, Designer Furniture Warehouse, also known as DFW Furniture, is launching bankruptcy liquidation sales at eight of its stores in the region. The sale date started Dec. 26.

Founded in 2004, DFW Furniture filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 13 due to economic pressures caused by the recent recession. As part of its restructuring, the company received court approval for going-out-of-business/bankruptcy liquidation sales at eight stores.

DFW Furniture has been known regionally as an excellent source for high value products sold at attractive prices. DFW is known as an excellent source for mattress and bedding products. The company grew quickly from one store in Ohio to over a dozen stores in three states, including Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The fast growth rate, combined with reduced credit lines from cautious vendors, negatively impacted the company's ability to fulfill customer orders on a timely basis.

The company is liquidating its inventory, as well as offering some new inventory for the bankruptcy liquidation sale, for customers to take advantage of bankruptcy liquidation prices on a large selection of bedding and high-quality furnishings. DFW Furniture will be selling off the entire inventory at eight stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania during the liquidation event. Leading brands carried by the company in-clude Ashley, Vaughan-Bassett, Jackson/Catnapper, Simmons, Five Star, Woodcrest and Carolina Mat-tress Guild, plus many other famous brand names.

The sales will continue for a limited time, so customers are advised to act immediately for the best selection on high-quality home furnishings and mattresses, including living room, bedroom, dining furniture. A special web site is set up for the liquidation at www.DFWGOB.com

Locations participating in the massive inventory sell-off sales include:

Chillicothe, Ohio: 1419 N. Bridget St., 740-774-2377

Niles, Ohio (Youngstown area): Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown- Warren Road, 330-544-9705

Heath, Ohio: 723 Hebron Road, 740-281-0676

Zanesville, Ohio: 1759 Maysville Ave., 740-455-9470

New Philadelphia, Ohio: 270 Bluebell Dr. N.W., 330-339-4609

St. Clairsville, Ohio: Ohio Valley Mall, 67780 Banfield Road, 740-695-5230

Pleasant Hills, Pa.: 810 Clairton Blvd., 412-714-4047

Washington, Pa.: 310 Oak Spring Road, 724-225-4360

The Columbus store will continue to operate under the direct management and control of DFW Furniture. The Wexford, PA., and Huntington, W.Va., store are permanently closed.