By RODNEY D. BOAM
A long time State Street business is calling it quits. Manager and partner Steve Bergquist has painted a notice on the window of True Value MART they are closing the store after 27 years in downtown Preston.
The store at 44 S. State is winding down and inventory is being sold until it’s gone. Bergquist said they will be open for a little while longer during this process.
At one time, it was one of two anchors on State Street with O.P. Skaggs. When O.P.’s left, business began to drop, he said.
Besides the hardware store, there was a small-engine repair shop with lawn tools in the basement. There was a craft and fabric store on the mezzanine. The store carried scouting supplies, as an authorized scouting retailer. They were the only place in town that rented tuxedos.
Bergquist said Bud Elwell came to him in 1987 and asked him if he would come and run the hardware department for him.
“I worked for Idaho Appliance and Sports Shop for a lot of years before that. He was really good to me,” he said. “Almost like a father.”
In the beginning they had 12 employees. Now they have five.
Bergquist became a part-owner with Jeff Elwell, Bud’s grandson, in 2004.
This story is sponsored by Stokes MarketPlace.
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