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After 61 Years, Albert Lea Business Calls it Quits

November 18, 2017 11:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A mainstay on Albert Lea's Main Street is closing its doors after more than six decades in business.

The owners of Fleet Farm Supply announced this week they would be closing their business and retiring after selling their remaining merchandise. 

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Steve Nelson, 68, whose parents opened the store in 1956 in the back of a car dealership, has been with the business since the beginning and said he decided it was time to close their doors for good while he and his wife and co-owner Kathy were on vacation in March.

"I made my decision when we were in Hawaii. We had a chance to go to Hawaii, and we hadn't had a trip for at least 8 years," he said. "And we went to Hawaii and I was sitting on the balcony looking out at the pool in the early morning hours and watching people running across the beach in the breeze, and my wife walked out and I said 'Enough's enough. We're done.'"

Steve and Kathy, along with Steve's brother, took over the store in 1974. Steve eventually bought his brother out.

Both say they're looking forward to retirement and being able to travel and spend time with family and friends.

The store will remain open until their remaining inventory sells out, which they estimate will be sometime in the spring.

 


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