Unusually, it was founded in 1960 in a Greenbelt, Maryland, grocery store (the Greenbelt Cooperative), where its success led to it getting its own store. It remained part of the cooperative until about 1988, when the Greenbelt Cooperative entered into bankruptcy reorganization and Scan Furniture was sold to a private firm.
On Dec. 24th 2007 - SCAN filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a report in the Baltimore Business Journal. Its sales dropped $25 million to $17 million from 2005 to 2007, according to court papers filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Baltimore. The retailer cited declining revenue and an inability to borrow money as factors in its filing.
- Scan Furniture website (Now defunct)