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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. 

Me123 January 11, 2013 at 01:24 AM
I'm so sorry to see you go! I've been a customer of your store since we've lived here in 1995 and I've loved your store. Your store will be missed very very much!!!
yvonne January 11, 2013 at 01:30 AM
You will be missed :( I love Hallmark cards
Lisa J Box January 11, 2013 at 01:32 AM
So sad to hear that I Love That store!
Concerned Mom January 11, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I love that store! I have shopped there for 20 years! Darn it! You will be missed very much!
Sherry Creson January 11, 2013 at 04:00 AM
It is a very sad day for Bonney Lake. When you need a special quality gift, especially one that says "I care" or "I love you", Morford's Hallmark was the place to shop. I hated it when the mailing corner disappeared, too. It saved me a trip to the post office, where I usually had to stand in line. Hallmark really was the place for "When you care enough to send the very best"!
dexterjibs January 11, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Looks like the Obama economic plan is working to perfection. Sorry to see another small business close under this oppressive administration.
Kevin Wheeler January 11, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Another unfortunate business closing in BL. The economy is still rough for business but this town is turning into a business graveyard. What economic incentives is BL Government doing to promote business in our area?
Sharon Hodgins January 11, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I will really miss the Hallmark store. I will really miss Hallmark wrapping paper -- I have a fetish for it. Hopefully I can find another shop not too far away. I am so sorry that it is closing; you have been a great store!
Mary Hall January 11, 2013 at 06:20 PM
FACT: The Great Recession started under George W. Bush. Obama is just cleaning up his mess, with zero help from the Republicans.
Kathleen January 11, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I am so sad to see Morford's go...this store also had great employees. The sad fact is Hallmark stores are declining as more send those stupid ecards or Fb evites. I think Morfords loss is more a reflection of the new corporate culture rather than just "the economy". Gift giving and hand written cards were a fact of live in my years, but it seems to be a dying practice these days. I will miss you Morfords! Thank you for everything you have done for the community!
Mary Anderson January 11, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I will really miss the Hallmark store too. I go there every month and feel bad that it is closing...so sorry to hear about this.
Curtis Morford January 12, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Thank you all for the nice comments about our Bonney Lake store. I appreciate your support for the last 22 years. You will still be able to find all our wonderful Hallmark products and gift lines at our store in Puyallup...located off Hwy 512 & Canyon Rd. I look forward to seeing you there! Sincerely, Curtis Morford
James K McClimans Sr January 12, 2013 at 08:21 PM
God's Speed!
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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