Claussen’s in Le Mars, IA closing its doors

LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) – Claussen’s, a regional retail mainstay since 1990, has introduced it’s promoting its complete stock and shutting its doorways.

Terry Claussen, the co-owner of Claussen’s, made this announcement Tuesday as he prepares for his upcoming retirement.

“Enterprise is nearly as good because it’s ever been, however nothing lasts endlessly. We’ve a possibility to depart on the prime, which doesn’t occur usually,” said Terry Claussen in a press launch despatched to KTIV. “I had a troublesome time wrapping my head across the concept at first, however I’m trying ahead to the following chapter and seeing the place that takes us.”

Claussen’s, positioned in Le Mars, Iowa, will maintain its public closing sale later this week. The sale is from 9 a.m. to eight p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The shop’s hours will proceed to be 9 a.m. to six p.m. Monday by Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday till the remaining stock is bought.

In line with the press launch, Claussen grew up close to Rock Valley and had simply completed his first yr on the College of Northern Iowa when a household good friend, Clayton Arend, provided him a part-time place in his clothes retailer. Claussen labored on the Rock Valley retailer throughout breaks and over the following few summers. He earned a instructing diploma from UNI however he, Arend and one other associate, Arlen De Zeeuw, bought a clothes retailer in Sibley.

“I used to be the ripe outdated age of twenty-two in 1978 and obtained married to Lori that very same yr. We had been elevating three children in Sibley after we obtained a name that the Le Mars retailer was up on the market,” Claussen recalled. “So long as Le Mars residents can bear in mind, there’s at all times been a clothes retailer on the nook of Plymouth Avenue and Central Avenue. For a few years, the shop was often called Bowers Clothes after which Evan’s Menswear earlier than Lori and I purchased it after our enterprise and moved right here 33 years in the past Le Mars has been superb to our household and enterprise over time.”

Claussen famous that he has at all times thought-about his function as a clothier that three generations of consumers have trusted as “greater than a job.”

“It’s laborious to place into phrases, however it’s a vocation. Folks rely on us for assist, steerage, somebody to speak to, and buyer care that they will’t get at big-box shops,” mentioned Claussen. “Clients inform us weekly, ‘I simply can’t discover one other retailer like this.’ They’re the rationale we survived and thrived.”

Claussen mentioned he’ll miss his relationship with prospects and his present colleagues.

“I’ve had a possibility to work with some actually good individuals,” mentioned Claussen. “They’ve turn into mates and even household. After all, I’ve to thank my household for placing up with all of the calls for of the enterprise for therefore a few years. And Lori has been an absolute rock star these previous 45 years.”


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