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‘Treasures and memories’: White Elephant’s final day

After 74 years in business, the former Army surplus store on Division Street closed for good Sunday. It was a family affair for the owners, and a chance for longtime customers to have one last shopping experience at the landmark store. 

White Elephant owners ending 74-year legacy in Spokane

The history of the White Elephant stores mirrors the story of Spokane: A somewhat unconventional place that provides nearly everything that matters, at an affordable price. The owners are closing the iconic stores.

John Conley, White Elephant Stores founder, dies at 90

OUTDOOR RETAILERS -- John R. Conley Sr., who founded the Spokane White Elephant Stores 71 years ago, is dead at 90, The Spokesman-Review reported today. He deserves local legend status for creating a business model that started with military surplus before evolving to routinely deliver...

Thanks, but no sale: Local retailers won’t be open on holiday

While some consumers are signing Facebook pledges to refuse to shop on Thanksgiving, several Spokane store owners are keeping their doors shut on Nov. 28 to underline the same message: It’s a holiday, not a shopping day. Many large national retail chains have announced plans to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening to “Black Friday” shoppers looking for early bargains. But independent retailers contacted here say they won’t ruin a family holiday in order to generate more sales.

Businessman mourning death of grandchild, Molly Conley

A Spokane business stalwart is struggling to find answers after his 15-year-old granddaughter was gunned down in Western Washington last month as she walked with friends. More than 2,000 family members, classmates and teachers attended the funeral last month of 15-year-old Mary C. “Molly” Conley, of Seattle. She is one of 71 grandchildren of 86-year-old John Conley Sr., of Spokane, who founded the White Elephant store in 1946.

SWAT team arrests man at White Elephant

A SWAT team surrounded the White Elephant store on North Division Street on Friday night after a report of a man entering the building through an air duct on the roof.