Office furniture resale company opens Danbury store, capitalizes on pandemic ‘work from home’

DANBURY — After millions of workers were abruptly told they’d be working from home indefinitely two years ago, Russell Castro’s phone began to ring.

Instead of large corporations calling to purchase high-end office furniture from his office liquidation and resale business, he was getting inquiries from individuals looking for an affordable way to furnish their new — and often makeshift — home offices.

With the change in demand, he started looking into smaller retail stores to meet individual clients’ needs.

Based in North Brunswick, N.J., OFIS Furniture started hosting pop-up retail locations in Long Island, Pennsylvania, and New York, and opened a permanent retail location in Florida. On the first cold weekend in March, Russell Castro opened a second retail location in Danbury with the help of his brother, Rick Castro, who manages the store.

“They’re realizing that they’re going to be working from home a lot longer now or permanently, and they want to ‘up’ their office furniture for their home,” Russell Castro, president of OFIS Furniture said. “It was actually millions of employees that were working from home in the whole tri-state area, so our market pool was much larger now. But we were only doing one chair at a time.”

Rick Castro lives in New Fairfield and runs small businesses in the area. He knew the retail landscape and thought Danbury would be a prime location for a retail office.