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Posted: Friday, June 24, 2005 6:19 am | Updated: 8:00 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Chandler Organized Living store bit the dust, but a Portland, Ore.-based upstart is saving the Scottsdale version — and its staff — from the same fate.

Ohio-based Organized Living filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May.

The company plans to sell or liquidate all of its 25 stores.

Storables, a privately owned retail chain that makes and hawks products and tools to declutter homes and offices, has taken over the 35,000-square-foot Organized Living store at Sonora Village shopping center, on the southwest corner of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Loop 101 in Scottsdale.

Storables will keep its employees and most of the same products, said Helen Stonhill, Storables marketing manager.

The company will add its own signature products and organizing workshops over the next few weeks.

"We have a long tradition of listening closely to our employees and customers. Many of our products are actually custom-made especially for Storables," Storables founder and president Dodd Fischer said in a prepared statement.

"We’re excited to continue serving the enthusiastic Organized Living customer base here and attract new customers with the addition of Storables’ product lines."

The Scottsdale store will be the seventh Storables, and the first in Arizona.

The company was not looking to expand into Arizona but seized the opportunity when Organized Living decided to liquidate.

"We chose to (buy the Scottsdale operation) based on the quality of the team and the loyal customers base," she said.

"It was one of the finest Organized Living stores in the chain. It’s an exceptional store and an exceptional market."

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