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Rochester shoe staple closes after 85 years

O&B shoes is closing up shop at the end of August.

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 8:17 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - When you walk into O&B Shoes this week in downtown Rochester, you'll see people flooding in to get some shoes. 

But you'll also hear a lot of goodbyes. 

The store is closing after 85 years of business in Rochester. Its owners Jeannine, Hadley and her husband Donald Hadley, who goes by the 'sole man', are retiring. The decision to close up shop was not an easy one.

"We consider ourselves a business family," Jeannine said. 

O&B closing marks an end to a service that's hard to find today, which is why the store is seeing a flood of customers from the community and even different states. 

"All because they wanted the chance to be fitted one last time before we close. Because they didn't know where they were going to get their feet measured, or someone put shoes on them or make sure the size was right, or actually care the fit was there," Butrum said. 

Customers aren't just coming back one last time for the service, but also for the people. 

"We're going to miss the people that we've made friends with, not only in the community but around the world, that's kind of the hardest part," Jeannine said. 

"Everytime we hear, 'youre leaving,' it's like another piece of your heart is taken away, it's hard," John said."The reality will really hit me when we turn the key and lock the door."

This will happen at the end of August. As of now, there is no word on what will take it's place in the downtown retail space. 

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