Cashway closing

Owner Jim Simos calls it quits to take time for himself

After more than four decades as a Craig landmark, Cashway Distributors is closing its doors.

"After 45 years, it's time," owner Jim Simos said.

Simos has been in the retail business, including a 28-year stint in the furniture industry in Salt Lake City, for 45 years, the same number of years Cashway has been at 385 Ranney St.

Simos has owned Cashway for 15 years.

"I just want to retire. I want to divert my attention to something else," he said. "I devoted 150 percent of my energies to Cashway. And in 15 years, I've built it up. I've quadrupled the business in 15 years."

The store, which Simos described as "an old-fashioned general store without the groceries," caters to sportsmen and ranchers. Cashway carries guns, work wear, paint, horse tack and hunting and fishing gear.

Simos said Cashway has been the largest hunting license seller in the state for four years running.

He admitted closing Cashway's doors leaves a void in the area.

"(Craig's) not going to have the down home congeniality," Simos said. "It's going to be like any other city with all the big box stores."

Simos said Cashway will remain open until all his inventory has been sold. The building is under contract, Simos said, though the date for Simos to be out has not been determined. Simos does not know what the new owners will do with the space.

"I don't know if it's even going to be a retail store," he said.

Simos said with retirement, he hopes to take time "to do what I want to when I want to do it." At the top of that list is continuing to restore antique tractors.

Simos said he will maintain his trailer business, James S. Simos Sales, in retirement.

He said he will miss his employees and customers, but plans to stay in Craig.

"The people in Craig have been really good to me," he said, "and I do appreciate that."

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