Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes Closing after 112 Years in Business

Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes Closing after 112 Years in Business Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) – After 112 years in business in Detroit Lakes, Norby’s Department Store has announced they will be closing.

The store will be closed Tuesday and will remain closed until June 7 at which point a “Quitting Business” sale will begin, Michael Norby and his family confirmed.

Norby’s Department Store first opened in downtown Detroit Lakes on March 17, 1906. In its height the Norby’s family operated stores in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, St. Cloud, Grand Forks and Willmar.

Michael Norby, President of Norby’s Department Store said, “not many businesses can survive four generations and we’ve worked very hard, it’s not an easy decision to be made – retail and shopping patterns have changed, this is a sign of the times”.

At this time there isn’t a clear plan for the 25,000 square foot building that Norby’s has occupied for over 100 years, but Michael hopes that another retail store or stores would occupy the space.

“It’s been gratifying seeing sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters of people who have shopped at the store and the stories that we hear means a lot – that’s one of the things we’ll miss”, Norby said.

The “Quitting Business” sale begins Thursday, June 7 at 9am, Norby says everything will be on sale including men’s and women’s clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and more.

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