Porthill Commerial: An Opportunity on the Border
The Porthill Mercantile, seen here from the eastside, is one of several active businesses held in combined ownership under one LLC. All are for sale as one. The land comprises 8.2 acres, zoned commercial and is located at the Canadian Border with waterfront on the Kootenai River. A small airstrip, used by all light aircraft crossing the border, taxis through the property below the hill to an International hanger where pilots and airplanes go through customs, either direction.
The business opportunity is exceptional, especially for an enterprising company or family. Run by two generations of a single family which started with only the Mercantile, has expanded to contain a hostile conveniently located above the Big Daddy Bar & Restaurant and the postal/Fed Ex mail drop, 2 separate gas pumps and even more. In a good year, when the US/Canadian exchange rate is in a strong alignment, these businesses combined gross more than $4 Million American Dollars.
No place is complete without a little knowledge of what went before. Porthill is a classic.
The reason it’s not a hotel is because the sleep rooms are really quite small. They only had one purpose in those early 1900 days and it wasn’t sleep, though some probably did, slept off their alcohol if nothing else. They were hard working, most miners from the Continental Mine that worked hard cut ore from the Selkirk Mountains.
Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill Hostile is a business all its own. In the summer months when people are traveling, it carries over quite a few for just a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. It shares a common area and a nicely put together kitchen, too, for those who have a bent for cooking. Those who don’t, just go down stairs like they did in the old days for a well-prepared meal: breakfast, lunch or dinner.