Imperial Stores to get new owner, new brand

Imperial Stores Chief Executive Officer Phil Heald stands next to one of the early Imperial Hardware store signs, which is hanging in the company's conference room in El Centro. PHOTO TOM BODUS

EL CENTRO – An era is coming to an end for Imperial Stores.

Three generations of Phil Heald’s family have owned Imperial Stores since his grandfather, Howard Meyer, founded the business in Holtville in 1908. That, by anyone’s reckoning, makes it one of the oldest businesses operating in the Valley and the oldest local retail business held continuously by a single family.

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