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Bonney Lake Hallmark to Shutter After 22 Years

Morford’s Hallmark in Bonney Lake is shutting down in February, after over two decades in the community.

If you walk into Morford's Hallmark today, you’d see lots of empty walls and signs advertising discounted holiday merchandise.

Any other January, most Hallmark visitors wouldn’t give the deeply discounted decorations and cards a second thought—it usually signifies the end of a busy holiday season, making room for Valentine’s Day pinks and reds.

But in Bonney Lake, it’s a sign of things to come. The Hallmark store is shutting down permanently after 22 years in the community and will vacate the building, near Safeway, by February.

Teresa Bidewell, a Bonney Lake resident and Hallmark employee for 6 years, confirmed the sad news of the store closure to Patch. She said it’s a casualty of the slow economy, although the store did have a successful holiday season.

“The owner is just beside himself about it,” Bidewell said.

Going-out-of-business sales are likely to begin next week and then it’s time to job hunt, Bidewell said. She has not received word from Hallmark that any other jobs within that company are available. 

Will you miss the local Hallmark store, after 22 years in town? Tell us in the comments. 

Glenda January 14, 2013 at 03:59 AM
We moved across the country from Bonney Lake last fall but I still feel the loss of this really great store. This is a sad thing for Bonney Lake--not to mention the employees who were always friendly and helpful. Morford's was one of my favorite stores in the years we lived there.
dexterjibs January 15, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Mary Hall, Obama has been President over 4 years and still has yet to put forward a budget. Meanwhile, he has spent 4 times as much in half the time George Bush ever did. Pull your head out. Small businesses are suffering from this oppressive government we have and it is only going to get worse when ObamaCare comes into full effect. Ignorance must be really bliss for you and other low information voters.
David Zahnow April 11, 2013 at 02:49 AM
A new store opened up in the same location!! Gifts Unlimited is the name. They will offer a lot of the same stuff as the previous store. It will be operated by some of the same people who worked for Hallmark. Come out and support a new small business in Bonney Lake.
David Zahnow April 11, 2013 at 02:49 AM
A new store opened up in the same location!! Gifts Unlimited is the name. They will offer a lot of the same stuff as the previous store. It will be operated by some of the same people who worked for Hallmark. Come out and support a new small business in Bonney Lake.
April Chan April 11, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Thank you for that information, David. We hope to be in for a visit soon!

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