C-A-L Ranch Stores—a company whose history has been entwined with the Idaho Falls community for over 50 years—will break ground on their new flagship store, located just north of Walmart on Hitt Road (S 25th E), at 10am on July 11th.
The ranch and home retail company was founded in 1959 by Clinton Murphy and his sons Allen and L. Wayne Murphy. After trekking across Montana in search for the perfect place to start their farm and ranch store, the family decided to turn south and try their luck in Texas. On their way there, they stopped in Idaho Falls and quickly realized that it was the perfect farming and ranching community in which to root their business. C-A-L Ranch has been growing with Idaho Falls ever since.
Before spreading to 26 stores across Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, C-A-L Ranch began with a single small store in Idaho Falls. After only one year, the company outgrew its 1,800 square foot building on the corner of Curtis and West 18th Street and relocated to a building in front the stockyards on Yellowstone Highway. Twelve years later, it moved to its current location, now providing 33,000 square feet of hundreds of products ranging from ranch and farm supplies to home décor and western apparel.
For over 50 years, the company has remained locally owned and operated right here in Idaho Falls. Even though the original owners eventually sold the company, the Murphy family has continued to take part in C-A-L Ranch; Allen Murphy’s son, Shane Murphy, actually facilitated the new location’s sale through Venture One Properties.
Long-time Idaho Falls resident and C-A-L Ranch employee Jerry Ward and his family currently own the company and continue to build its reputation as one of the region’s leading ranch, home and farm stores with excellent selection and world-class customer service.
The new store, to be built by Tom Stuart Construction, will serve as C-A-L Ranch’s flagship store, more than doubling its current location’s square footage. It will feature 70,000 square feet of retail space conveniently located north of Wal-Mart off Hitt Road, giving customers the best possible home & ranch shopping experience. In addition to the new retail facility, C-A-L Ranch plans to construct a 30,000 square foot office space on Curlew Drive, behind the new store. The office is to be built by Guardian homes. This building will serve as corporate headquarters for the entire 26-store company.