YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Bindery is closing its retail store after 115 years of business.
The company's president, Pres Tuesley, says the business has been a fixture of downtown Yakima since his great-grandfather started it in 1904. The store specializes in office and art supplies, framing and more.
In recent years, however, he said the store has lost its profitability.
"The era of the full-service downtown store is clearly drawing to a close," Tuesley said. "We've had a wonderful time with our many loyal customers over the years, but too many people have taken their business to the internet or big-box stores. With the looming increase of the minimum wage to $13.50 per hour, the handwriting was on the wall."
There will be a clearance starting Monday, June 24 with everything in the store up to 80% off. Store fixtures and equipment will be for sale, too. All items are strictly first-come, first served.
"We're basically going to be here until we get rid of everything," Tuesley said.
The printing department, which is how the Bindery got its start, will remain open.
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