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VALPARAISO | Fetla's Trading Post will close its Valparaiso store and relocate inventory to a Fetla's store in Knox, company President Ken Banks said.

Merchandise on the store's cavernous sales floor has been discounted 30 percent pending the move to Fetla's Trading Post II in Knox, Banks said.

Fetla's opened in 1915 on Ind. 2 in Valparaiso as a one-stop shopping trip for hardware, sporting goods, a haircut, a new dress or a quick lunch, according to a company Web site.

In its heyday, the 30,000-square-foot outlet stocked everything from dishes and dinette sets to ice skates, fishing rods and paddle boats.

The store's gun sales landed it and other local gun shops on a list of defendants sued by the city of Gary in 1999 as alleged sources of handguns used in crimes in that city.

The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004 but remained open for business until emerging a year later under a reorganization plan.

The Knox store has been open for some time, Banks said.

Banks did not provide a closing date for the Valparaiso store.

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