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Straus for Men closes after over 130 years in business

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FARGO—A family owned clothing store in Fargo is closing after being in business for more than 130 years.

The owner of Straus for Men's tells us the age of the internet has been a "mom and pop shop's" worst enemy.

New price tags line the suit sleeves as workers plaster clearance signs to the storefront.

Straus for Men's is getting ready for their very last sale before closing down.

"Online sales is the 800 pound gorilla in the room for sure," said Chad Herrings, Straus for Men Owner.

Chad Herring says their first store opened in Sanborn, back in 1879.

Throughout the bloodline of ownership they set up stores all across eastern North Dakota.

"Now I'm kind of the fifth generation of the family," said Herrings.

At one point the business ran nine locations at the same time.

Herring took over their final location in 2016.

"Thinking about what have I done over the last 25 years that I really enjoyed professionally, I kept coming back to my time working at Straus out of the mall," said Herring.

He developed a passion for the frequent customers and their dedication to the community.

"When you help somebody through a good time in their life, a wedding, a job promotion, or a bad time in their life, they have funerals to go to, they need to dress up, they need to look good," said Herring.

He's also tied to the store's unique selection.

"People are used to ties being made out of silk, but we've actually got some that are made out of wool," said Herring.

Herring says they noticed a steady decline in customers throughout the 1970's and 80's.

That's when credit cards, discount stores and online shopping started taking a toll on 'mom and pop' shops.

In their final days as a brick and mortar store, Straus says they'll stay committed to the customer until their shelves are empty.

"Straus has been built for generations on customer service and good quality clothing. We're not going to change that through this process," said Herring.

Herring says they won't close their doors for good until everything is sold.

The closing sale opens to the public this Thursday.