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After 112 years in business, Detroit Lakes department store Norby's calls it quits

The downtown mainstay is closed now, but will reopen for a huge sale on June 7.
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Norby's department store has been a fixture of downtown Detroit Lakes for more than a century, but that's coming to an end next month.

Siblings Michael Norby, Jean Anderson and Mary Beth Gilsdorf announced on Monday that they're bringing the curtain down on their store, which debuted in the west-central Minnesota city in 1906.

"It has been a VERY difficult decision, but one that we make knowing that we had a great run and did the best we could, for as long as we could, while staying true to our core values."

They're promising to go out "with a bang instead of a whimper," closing down its store for now and then reopening on Thursday, June 7 for its "biggest sale ever."

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"In the meanwhile, we request your support and kindness through this process, because, for ourselves and our staff, this is very much like a death in the family," they added.

The siblings are the great-grandchildren of L.J. Norby, who opened the store alongside brother G.J. Norby 112 years ago, the DL–Online reports.

Michael Norby now serves as the store president, with Anderson and Gilsford the vice-presidents.

But like many bricks-and-mortar department stores, it's struggled to keep up the pace in a changing industry, with Norby telling KFGO the decision was a result of "simple economics and a sign of the times."

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