Utah-Idaho Supply/Map World to close after more than 120 years in business
(KUTV) After more than 120 years in business, Utah-Idaho Supply/Map World will close its doors in early 2018.
The business is closing due to competition from national-chain, big box stores and "ever-expanding online vendors," a press release states.
Utah-Idaho Supply/Map World was founded in the late 1890's as the textbook depository for Utah and Idaho.
The business originally specialized in textbooks, but later offered teaching aids, office supplies, educational toys, games, and maps. For decades they supplied crayons, pencils, construction paper and ruled writing paper used by students in elementary schools throughout Utah and Idaho.
At one point, Utah-Idaho Supply also held the contract for providing state offices with supplies, according to a press release.
A press release explains that "online competition and the availability of educational aids at big box stores have cut into retail sales."
In 2016, Utah-Idaho Supply closed its Salt Lake City location, and in November the business closed its Ogden store.
Throughout January 2018, the business will close its three remaining locations in Layton, West Jordan, and Lindon.
"Utah-Idaho is now thanking its customers for decades of loyal patronage by deeply discounting product inventory — beginning today," a press release says.