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Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes closing

The front windows of the Norby's Department Store are splashed with signs indicating they are now going out of business after 112 years serving Detroit Lakes, Minn. Paula Quam / Forum News Service1 / 2
The front windows of the Norby's Department Store are splashed with signs indicating they are now going out of business after 112 years serving Detroit Lakes, Minn. Paula Quam / Forum News Service2 / 2

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—One of the longest-standing historical businesses in Detroit Lakes is closing. The front windows of the Norby's Department Store are splashed with signs indicating they are now going out of business after 112 years serving Detroit Lakes.

One of the family owners, Michael Norby, confirmed that following the store's annual Memorial Day sale Monday, May 28, they will close the store until June 6-7 when they will have a two-day liquidation sale.

In a letter to the editor sent to the Detroit Lakes Tribune, Michael Norby said the decision was made among the family through much deliberation and soul searching.

"We are not the first family department store to do so and certainly will not be the last," wrote Norby. "All one has to do is look at the changing landscape of retail today. Customer shopping habits and patterns look nothing like they did just a few short years ago. It is simple economics."

Paula Quam

Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.

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