The Lafayette retail market is hard for us regular folks to figure out sometimes. It seems that at least once a week we hear about a store opening and then another closing.

The latter is happening soon as Paul Michael Company has announced they are closing their Lafayette location.

The location in River Ranch at 1800 Kaliste Saloom Road will close after a final sale, which starts today (10/23).

The Arkansas-based company says they're shutting down operations here to focus on other business interests.

"After more than 10 years as the area's premier home furnishings and accessory destination, we have made the decision to close Paul Michael Company store in Lafayette...and to sell our entire store to the bare walls as quickly as possible in order to concentrate on other business interests," owner Paul Michael said.

The store is actually only open on Wednesday and Thursday for a private, by-invitation sale before reopening to the public on Friday.

Paul Michael Company was started in 1993 in Lake Village, Arkansas, and opened stores in Monroe in 2003 and Canton, Texas and Lafayette in 2009. They will open a store in Round Top, Texas in the spring of 2020.