In 1958, the late Irving Kimball's wife, Della, died and the children were left to run the store on their own. The decision was made to divide the building into two halves, literally: East and West. Kimball's store would stay in the Western half, while a paint company, Preservative Paints would occupy the Eastern Half. In 1996, The Kobuk Coffee Company would pay rent to lease the western facing storefront. In 1964 there was a severe earthquake in Anchorage that damaged many businesses and homes, but Kimball's was still left standing, unscathed3.
Decema Kimball-Anderson Slawson would pass away in 2002, resulting in the closure of Kimball's Store as a business4. The Kobuck Coffee Company, now owned by the Bonito family since 1993, the same company that rented a third of the building in 1964 when Decema good friend, Patsy James, owned it, would purchase the building from the family in 20023. The building itself is protected from demolition or major alteration by the Anchorage City Charter1.