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Founded by Sam Huppin, a Russian immigrant, Huppin´s has been a Spokane fixture since it first opened as a tailor shop in 1908. When Sam died in 1922, his teenage son Abe took over the store.

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Abe and brother Sam I. (later to be known as Big Sam) transitioned Huppin´s into a pawnbroker, while also selling military uniform insignia during WWII. Through this time, Huppin´s continued to sell stylish men´s clothing, and then later in the 1940s, added luggage.

In 1953, a third–generation Huppin joined the store. Sam M. (known as Little Sam) entered the family business as they began selling cameras. Shortly thereafter, Huppin´s added radios and stereo equipment to their product mix. Throughout the 1970s, Huppin´s got out of the clothing business and pawnbroking altogether to focus on photo and hi–fi gear.

Murray Huppin, current President and great–grandson of founder Sam, came back to the family business in 1984. By that time, Murray had finished college and gained valuable experience working for Proctor & Gamble in Los Angeles.

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Huppin's Timeline

Huppin´s decided to “expand” in the mid–1990s. But instead of opening more stores, in 1994, they launched a mail–order catalog and telephone sales call center named OneCall. One year later, they launched www.onecall.com and began selling online.

2002 saw company growth forcing a move into new corporate offices with a greatly expanded warehouse facility. And in 2008, OneCall placed in the Top 20 Consumer Electronics retailer web sites as ranked by Internet Retailer.

Huppin´s is currently in the capable hands of 4th generation owners. President Murray Huppin and his cousin, Vice President Joel Huppin, took over the reins in the late 1990s and continue guiding the company today.

Huppins throughout the years