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Kings store closing

A shopper walks out of the King’s store in Spring Creek on Tuesday afternoon.

Toni R. Milano, Free Press Correspondent

SPRING CREEK – King’s Variety store in Spring Creek will soon be closing its doors.

According to a press release sent out Monday by the Idaho-based M.H. King Company, the store is closing all of its locations due to changes in the business environment.

King’s 14 employees in Spring Creek will be affected by the closures.

“With the advent of large-box retail stores and the internet, anyone with a computer can buy from millions of vendors around the world,” the press release stated. “Brick and mortar stores need feet and faces to survive as we have salaries, rents and other costs to cover. Unfortunately for us that is not the current landscape.”

Spring Creek King’s manager Yvonne Radabaugh said she was caught off guard by the announcement.

“I was shocked; I think all of us were. It was a complete surprise,” she said Tuesday.

Radabaugh also said that she and her employees did not find out about the closures until it was announced in the press release.

The press release did not state when the stores would close, but employees said it would be “in a few months.”

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Because of the impending closure, King’s is discounting all of its merchandise by 10 percent.

The retail chain got its start in Burley, Idaho, in 1915. It eventually expanded to 21 stores in six states.

The Spring Creek store had to close temporarily earlier this month because of flooding.

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