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Stevens Point mayor says goodbye to his store

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson says even his small business wasn't safe from the tough economy.

The mayor's business is called Andrew's LTD, where men's clothing is sold.

But the doors are closing. Now, Mayor Halverson has to say goodbye.

"The hard part of this has been the ever changing and much dramatic competitive market place that emerged simultaneously," Halverson told Newsline 9.

Halverson worked at this location when he was 15, when it was called Parkinson's. Halverson later bought the store and named it Andrew's.

"The emotional connection for me is that I always enjoyed working with the customer," Halverson said.

The mayor is sad about closing. But he says the spot in downtown Stevens Point opens up opportunities.

"Someone needs to be very opportunistic and hit this space immediately because it's going to be very successful for a different type of business," Halverson said.

He has advice for whoever that is, "Be conservative in the choices you make and be cautious. But be equally as aggressive in how you pursue that customer base and you will be successful," Halverson said.

Looking forward, Halverson says he'll devote all his attention to being mayor. He hopes whatever business moves in next will find more success.

Halverson says the store's merchandise will be marked down in the next few weeks. The store plans to close its doors sometime in January.

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