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Despite losing two large stores in the past year, the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria had a steady stream of shoppers on a recent weekday afternoon.  (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
More store closings greet holiday shoppers: Sears, Payless to close its doors
2 hours 57 min ago
December 7, 2018
Events such as the Party in the Street in Alexandria can bring a lot of potential shoppers into the downtown area. (File photo)
Creating a culture of mutual support: Adapting is part of survival
December 7, 2018 - 12:05pm
A shopper carries several bags though the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria Wednesday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Retail is reinventing itself: Education, customer service among keys for area stores
December 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
December 1, 2018
Heidi Bergerson (right), co-owner of Scandinavian Gift Shop in Alexandria, helps Julie Thompson find an item in the store Tuesday morning. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Area stores finding ways to reach customers: Gift shop adds online sales
December 1, 2018 - 8:45am
November 30, 2018
Although some downtowns are struggling in the face of challenges from online shopping and other changes, the city of Alexandria was named the Retail Community of the Year this year by the Minnesota Retailers Association. (File photo)
Surviving and thriving: Retailers share what's working around the region
November 30, 2018 - 12:44pm
November 7, 2018
Bailee Atchison-DeVaan, an employee of Kindred People in downtown Alexandria, models their clothing as part of her job. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Modeling takes off in Alexandria: Shops turn to local models to grow customer base
November 7, 2018 - 6:09am
October 14, 2018
Alexandria was the sole recipient of the Minnesota's Retail Champions award for Retail Community of the Year for 2018. (Contributed)
Alexandria named Retail Community of the Year
October 14, 2018 - 7:53am
September 7, 2018
This Herberger's location at West Acres Mall in Fargo, N.D. closed on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. David Samson / The Forum
Destined for digital? Herberger's parent company Bon-Ton bought by online tech company
September 7, 2018 - 2:54pm
August 31, 2018
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Back in business? Herberger’s announces comeback days after closing all stores nationwide
August 31, 2018 - 1:59pm
Clothes, accessories and home goods once covered the now-bare floors and fixtures of Herberger's department store in the Viking Plaza Mall. The store closed Sunday, Aug. 26, and managers turned over the keys to the mall two days later. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Herberger's closing brings sadness, questions
August 31, 2018 - 5:41am
July 18, 2018
Signs hang in the window of the Ben Franklin store in downtown Alexandria announcing the store is going out of business. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
After 54 years on Broadway, Ben Franklin to close its doors
July 18, 2018 - 5:02am
July 12, 2018
Viking Plaza sale postponed again
July 12, 2018 - 4:55pm
June 8, 2018
With its going-out-of-business sales over, a JCPenney store that had once been an anchor of Viking Plaza Mall is now shuttered and dark. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Foreclosure sale of mall postponed
June 8, 2018 - 6:56am
April 25, 2018
Herberger's was once located along Sixth Avenue East in Alexandria. The store was in the building where Jennifer Guenther Photography is now located. (Photo courtesy of the Douglas County Historical Society)
Herberger's founded in Osakis by 19-year-old
April 25, 2018 - 12:21pm
Steph Wussow and Evan Larson walk through the mall in Alexandria on Friday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Mall-goers mourn store closings
April 25, 2018 - 9:10am