Swain's General Store began in 1957, when logging truck operator & PA Salmon Club manager Cliff Swain and his wife Bee decided to start a retail business. They opened the 7,000 square foot "Cliff Swain Sales"store in Port Angeles, Washington, featuring military surplus, hardware, and fishing gear, with the slogan "tents, trinkets, tools, tackle and trousers". Not long after opening, Cliff became acquainted with other independent stores in the Northwest and realized the way to get the best possible pricing from his vendors was to join a buying group. Swain's was the 11th store in the Worldwide Distributors cooperative. Cliff and his store were active in the Worldwide organization of over 100 stores and he served as the Board President in the 1980s.
Over the last 57 years, Swain's General Store has gone through quite an evolution: when opened in 1957 military surplus, hardware, and fishing gear were the primary merchandise offered. Now, after two expansions in the mid-1960's (growing to 28,000 sq.ft. of retail space), adding a 12,500 sq.ft. warehouse in 1979, the acquisition of more property for parking in 1993, the building of a 6000 sq.ft. addition to the store front in 2000, and the latest expansion in the fall of 2014, which added 4,300 sq.ft., for a grand total of 38,300 sq.ft. of retail space on two floors.
Swain's is a complete full line general merchandise offering quality national brands with a Hardware Department offering Paint, Lawn & Garden including live plants, Marine/RV, Automotive, Tools, Housewares & small appliances, and Pet supplies. A Sporting Goods Department featuring fishing gear, hunting accessories, ammunition, bows & archery accessories, optics, electronics, camping & backpacking equipment, and athletic gear & apparel. A Clothing Department offering Men's, Women's, and Children's apparel,featuring workwear, active wear, casual, outdoor, young men's and juniors branded apparel and much more from all you favorite brands like; Carhartt, Columbia, Patagonia, Wrangler, Levi, and Outdoor Research, and the Footwear Department with a wide selection for the entire family; including Nike, Merrell, Keen, and Georgia Boot and many more.
Our goal at Swain's General Store is to have what our customer's want, when they want it, and at a fair price. Customer service from a friendly and knowledgeable staff of 47 employees is a top priority for Swain's. Half of our employees have been with us for 10-47 years. We often have loyal customers from all over the world comment how much they love our store. Locals will bring visitors to our store and tell us "they said we had to take them to Swain's."
Another focus of Swain's General Store is our sense of community and the giving back to those that support us through donations and sponsorships.Swain's General Store and the Swain's Family Foundation (established by Cliff Swain) has given back over $600,000 in the past 57 years to community charities, groups, events, and youth activities on the North Olympic Peninsula. Our founder, Cliff Swain passed away in 1995 and his wife Bee in 1997. Swain's family ownership and tradition continued with their daughter, Rebecca until her untimely passing in 2011. Her three children, Aaron, Ryan, and Kasey now own Swain's General Store and they proudly carry on the tradition of the Swain's family into the third generation, that "Swain's Has Everything".
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