HURON — A longtime Huron retailer is closing after 31 years.
The Clothing Company owners Julee and Cliff Hadley are retiring. The Hadleys said they will liquidate their inventory, store fixtures, and equipment, starting immediately.
“But if a buyer comes forward, we’d consider it,” Cliff Hadley said. “We aim to wrap things up by the end of June.”
With COVID-19, store workers have been disinfecting door knobs and surface and will continue to go the extra mile during the sale.
“We’ll be extra careful to keep the store and change rooms clean,” Julee Hadley said. “And we’ll limit the number of people in the store so it’s easier to keep distance.”
The Clothing Company was founded by Julee and her brother, Rick Picek, in 1989. The Hadleys bought out Rick in 1996. The store sold women’s clothes first, then later added children’s and men’s lines and tuxedo rentals. The location for the first nine years was in Centre Plaza in downtown Huron. Since 1998 the store has been at South Town Square on 21st Street.
The Hadleys expanded four times at South Town Square, growing from 2,500 square feet to more than 6,500 square feet. “Ron Beck has been a great landlord,” Cliff said.
While the store was anchored in Huron, the Hadleys ran second stores in Redfield from 1997-1999 and in Mitchell from 2003-2007.
Current employees who have worked at The Clothing Company for many years include Tammy Cramer, Nancy Kempf, Dana Kleinsasser, and Darlene Bergeleen. “We couldn’t have made it without them,” Julee said.
During three-plus decades, the Hadleys saw many changes in brands and customer choices. “We’ve enjoyed serving people throughout the area for so many years,” Julee continued. “Our customers have been so good to us.”
“We’ve kept a chalkboard over the door that says ‘thank you’ as people leave the store. We’re grateful to everyone who’s shopped with us. It’s a cliché to say customers are like family, but it’s true.”