Staff Reporter 

Ben Franklin calls it quits after 33 years in business


The Ben Franklin variety store was a fixture for decades in Cheney.

Mim Shamblin feels she has been blessed in her career. She runs the fabric department at Cheney’s Ben Franklin store, and has been since 1979. Owner Bill Nation says “she came with the store” when he bought it in 1981.

Shamblin says she loves the “sewing ladies” who come in to purchase fabric, and return to show her the finished product. Shamblin is proud of the work she has done over the years, and she’s not sure yet what she’ll do after the store closes.

“No regrets,” she said. “I don’t even know another person who’s walked into their job for 30 years and said, ...

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