No More Malls
know, we’re just not the mall type. We tried it, we
did well, but frankly, the Import Store is just a little too
quirky for the mall. Besides, the astronomical rent put a
damper on our desire to offer great prices.
more! In 1995 we got our own place in the old Mapsco building
near the corner of Henderson and Lancaster in Fort Worth.
We filled the store with thousands of wholesale samples, made
them available directly to the public, left the original price
tags on, and never looked back!
1999, the City of Fort Worth thought our spot would make a
better freeway improvement project than retail store. We packed
up, built a 10,000 square foot store a few blocks away at
915 West Belknap, and moved in, clock, stock and chiminea!
a second generation retailer. My dad, Dan Kirkham, started
this business in 1984, and taught me the ropes, based on his
40-year retail career.
Import Store philosophy is to buy stuff people like at hard-to-believe
prices and keep inventory turning. As an independent in a
sea of national chains, we succeed by placing the highest
value on personal service, hiring a great staff, and treating
manager Ken McFarland, and his able crew work to maintain
a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Got questions about the African
mask in the corner? They¹ll share what they know. Need
help loading a six-foot giraffe into your car? No problem!
drop in sometime when you’re in the mood for a corporate-free,
family-owned, friendly discount shopping experience. We keep
the shelves packed with addictively well-priced home, garden,
gift and fashion items from all corners of the world—and
oh, did we mention the wholesale price tags?