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Duluth Trading Co. retail stores shuttered due to COVID-19

The company, which started out in Duluth selling tool organizers in 1989 and was for a time headquartered on a barge in Lake Superior, moved its corporate operations to Wisconsin in the 1990s.

Duluth Trading Co.
Duluth Trading Co. closed its retail stores nationwide due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File / News Tribune)

Duluth Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Duluth Trading Co., workwear and clothing brand, announced the closure of all its retail stores Friday until further notice.

In a release, Steve Schlecht, executive chairman and chief executive officer of Duluth Trading, said the company had already closed eight stores due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic before deciding to shut down the remaining stores effective Friday at 6 p.m. Sales associates will receive two weeks pay. The Duluth store opened in 2014 at 300 E. Superior St.

"Under the circumstances, there is no timeline for reopening our Duluth Trading stores, but we will do so as soon as conditions allow. Until then, please exercise every precaution for the well-being of your family, friends and neighbors," Schlecht said.

The Mount Horeb, Wisconsin-based company reports doing roughly half its sales through its website, shipped through distribution centers which will remain in operation with heightened concern for employee health and safety.

The company, which started out in Duluth selling tool organizers in 1989 and was for a time headquartered on a barge in Lake Superior, moved its corporate operations to Wisconsin in the 1990s after a sale.

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