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Chuck Porter talks about the history of Porter’s Craft, why he’s closing it now and what’s next

East Idaho Newsmakers

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On this week edition of East Idaho Newsmakers, Nate Eaton talks with Chuck Porter, the owner of Porter’s Craft and Frame.

Porter and his wife, Linda, recently announced they are retiring and closing their Idaho Falls and Rexburg stores. Liquidation sales began March 1 and both locations will be shuttered by mid-June.

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.

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 have owned and operated the Rexburg and Idaho Falls stores since Warren retired.

During their conversation, Chuck spoke about his background, the history of the store, why they’ve decided to retire now and what’s next.

Watch the video above to see the entire interview.

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