Bekins Northwest, one of the oldest moving companies in Spokane, Monday closed its moving operations here.
The change throws 16 full- and part-time employees out of work.
“This is not something we wanted to do, but we had no choice,” president Paul Bekins said after announcing the move to Spokane employees.
The Seattle-based company said the Spokane branch lost $250,000 in the past three years.
Although Bekins no longer will provide moving services from Spokane, the company will continue to operate its Spokane storage center for office records and household goods at 5907 E. Fourth Ave. The center employs two people. A truck repair shop at 6308 E. Springfield also will remain open, with four employees.
Bekins is the largest moving company in the Northwest, with 12 offices and 200 employees, a company statement said. The Spokane branch opened in 1929.