The stores were founded in Burley in 1915.
According to the King’s website, there are Idaho King’s stores in Rupert, Salmon, Rigby, Driggs, Montpelier, Shelley, Burley, Gooding, Buhl, Grangeville, Hailey, Preston, and Orofino. The company also has stores in Oregon and Utah.
The stores sell toys, crafts, sporting goods, lawn and garden supplies, clothing, housewares, and other items. They were started by a harness maker who lost his job with the completion of the transcontinental railroad, said the statement, signed by “the staff and family of the M. H. King Company.”
“We have survived two world wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession and many other ups and downs over the past 102 years. This has not been simple or easy,” the letter said. “Every generation brings with it advances and losses due to a changing business environment.”