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Buckle to relocate Mason City store to new location

New location will be located in part of former MC Sports space

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 9:19 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Nearly three weeks after Younkers closed its doors for good at Southbridge Mall, another closing store is set to leave.

Buckle announced the store will be relocating from the mall, where it's been since it first opened in 1985, to a new location inside part of the former MC Sports building next to Best Buy on the west side of Mason City.

Construction on the new space is set to begin in October, and the store plans to move by late January.

Rick Larson owns Larson Red Zone Sports, which has been in business at Southbridge for the last 12 years. Despite Buckle's move, small businesses like his can be good for the mall.

"If anybody's out there looking to open a business, move a business, this is definitely I think a place where people could and should check out before making a decision."

He does remain optimistic about what's coming next.

"Will it ever be full again like it was before? I don't know. I think maybe times are changing a little bit whereas different types of businesses or different types of stores are going to come in to the mall."

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