Porter’s Craft & Frame stores closing permanently
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IDAHO FALLS — Porter’s Craft & Frame has announced its Rexburg and Idaho Falls stores are permanently closing.
In a letter sent to households across eastern Idaho, owners Chuck and Linda Porter wrote they are retiring and liquidation sales will begin March 1.
“It has been our pleasure to serve you these many years. Please come and see us before the doors close for the last time later this year,” the letter said.
Porter’s Office Products, owned by Mark Porter, is not affected in any way and will continue to operate as usual.
Porter’s began as a retail entity around 1912 in Rexburg. The original store was a sideline to Arthur Porter’s newspaper and printing business.
Arthur operated three businesses in one storefront, with a retail store in the front and the printing and newspaper in the back, according to the company’s website.
After World War II, Arthur’s youngest son, Warren, bought the store and put in a Ben Franklin variety store franchise. Warren operated through the 80s and expanded the store several times by adding additional merchandise categories.
Chuck and Linda Porter have owned and operated the Rexburg and Idaho Falls stores since Warren retired.
“It’s been a good run,” Chuck says. “But I am in my seventies and Linda is somewhere behind that. It’s
time to retire. We will miss our very good and loyal customers, many of whom have been shopping with
us for their whole lives.”
Porter’s will be closed Feb. 26 to 28 as employees prepare for the liquidation sale. The sale will begin Thursday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Rexburg (19 College Ave.) and Idaho Falls (corner of Hitt and 25th) locations and continue until everything is sold. The two stores will be liquidating all merchandise, store fixtures, and