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Duluth Trading Co. returning to Duluth with new retail store

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The Duluth Trading Co. is returning to the city where it was founded.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the company, which left Duluth in the 1990s, will open a retail store in the city in the spring.

The durable work and outdoor wear company was launched 25 years ago in Duluth by brothers Bob and Dave Fierek, and is now based in Belleville, Wisconsin.

The new store will reportedly occupy the entire Woodrush Building at 300 E. Superior St. and employ 20 to 25 people.

The company announced over the summer that it was opening its first Minnesota retail store in Bloomington. Before that, the Duluth Trading Co. opened three stores in Wisconsin, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal said.

A company official tells the News Tribune that the success of the store has the company pondering another Twin Cities location.

The size of the Duluth store will be about 7,000 square feet, which will be similar in size to the company's Wisconsin stores, the paper says.

The Bloomington store, which opened in October, is 16,000-square-feet in size.

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