Store to open in Grangeville
Mr. Dick Larson, CEO of family owned Larson’s Department Stores, today announced plans to expand the brand to Idaho County’s largest city, Grangeville. “We’ve looked at the demographics and we’ve looked at the people. We like what we see.” Said Dick. “We think the expansion store in Grangeville will compliment our stores in Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry. We see similarities in the markets. There is a niche we can fill, and we look forward to the opportunity.
A third generation haberdasher, Dick can trace the roots of his family’s retail business to the year 1940. “My grandfather started the business,” said Dick “and my Dad grew it. They both promoted the same powerful philosophy – Sell Quality Merchandise at Reasonable Prices.” The idea is as important to the company today as it was in 1940.
Larson’s Department Store prides itself on providing “good clothes” and a “shopping experience like it used to be”, as the website says. An experience that is convenient and fun, as opposed to hectic and stressful. “We appreciate our customers.” Says Dick. “and we let them know it. Our salespeople know the product lines and make it their business to help.”
“In an age of big box stores and Internet retail,” explains Larson, “personal service has suffered. At Larson’s Department Store, personal service is still a way of life.” Free basic alterations? Not a problem. Free shipping for orders over $50? Sure. Special orders? Of course. Need an odd size boot? We’ll find it.
Larson’s carries “good clothes” as Dick says, underwear and outerwear for men, women and children. Also footwear. “We carry high quality brands that last” says Dick, “brands such as Jockey and Hanes, Carhartt, Levis, Wrangler, and Woolrich, as well as Quicksilver, Docker’s and Rockport.”
Located at what used to be Miller Hardware on Main Street, Grangeville store construction begins in July. Dick and his wife Linda, who is the women’s clothing buyer for the three stores, expect to open the store in the fall of 2010. “We appreciate the welcome we’ve received as we studied this expansion,” said Linda, “and we look forward to serving the clothing needs of Idaho County.” “......for the next three generations!” added Dick.