By Dave Olson on Mar 2, 2018 at 6:31 p.m.
Straus for Men opened in 2016 in a south Fargo strip mall. File Photo.
FARGO—A Fargo store whose name has been associated with men's clothing for nearly 140 years is closing, perhaps for good.
Straus for Men, 4487 Calico Drive, Fargo, opened in late 2016, the latest incarnation of Straus Clothing, which had closed less than a year before when brothers and owners John and Rick Stern retired and closed their store at 3223 13th Ave. S., in Fargo.
Chad Herring, the owner of Straus for Men and stepson of John Stern, said in a written statement that operating the store had been a great experience, "but when it became apparent that the market has changed, we had to make some tough decisions."
At one time, Straus Clothing, which was started in 1879, had stores in several North Dakota cities, including Sanborn, Valley City, LaMoure, Carrington, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Devils Lake and Fargo.
Now, Straus for Men is holding an inventory sale that starts Thursday, March 8.
Store hours that day and the following day, Friday, March 9, will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, and from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 11, as part of the inventory sale.
Following the sale, the business will follow regular hours until remaining inventory is sold.
Herring said he will miss the store's loyal following.
"We're committed to finishing the right way," he said. "We want to take care of our customers, partners and community as best as we can."
Herring said changing clothing habits were a factor in the store's closing, stating people do not dress up for work and formal events like they did in the past.
"Online shopping is another part. Those were a couple factors in the store missing our projections," he said.