Flanner’s Temporarily Shuts Doors in Milwaukee

Led by former PARA president John Flanner, the PRO Group member company closes its custom retail store while trying to renegotiate finances.


In a continuing sign of the strain on regional custom retailers, Flanner’s Home Entertainment in Brookfield, Wis. has temporarily shut the doors of its 26,000-square-foot custom retail store.

The family-owned store has been in business since 1891 and is run by former PARA president John Flanner. The company is a member of the very selective PRO Buying Group, which in recent years lost its most prominent member Tweeter Home Entertainment to bankruptcy.

According to an article in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Flanner says the temporary shut-down is due to financial problems, but the company is not out of business and has not declared bankruptcy.

The company’s website defaults to a message from John Flanner which says:

Like many businesses, we’ve faced some challenges from the recent economic downturn. We’re in the process of renegotiating our business and financing relationships to improve the company. This process has taken longer than expected, and we are no longer able to provide the experience or level of service we strive to provide. Therefore, we are temporarily pausing operations. We appreciate all of the support we’ve received as a local, family owned, independent business, and we intend to continue serving this community for years to come.

According to the article, Flanner’s attributes about one-quarter of the store’s $15 million in revenue to custom installation service. The business was started in 1891 by John Flanner’s great grandfather.

In the past year, two elder-statesmen custom retailers - Myer Emco and Bernie’s - shut their doors due to increasing competition.

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