This time it's for real. The decision was maybe a little easier the second time, but it's still difficult to give up a business that's been under your leadership for 25 years.
Lorraine Anderson, who owns Anderson's State Fur in downtown Bismarck, is calling it quits. The going-out-of-business sale started Thursday, and she hopes to liquidate her extensive inventory by the end of the year.
Anderson made a similar announcement in October 2000, but she planned to handle the sale by herself. It was just too daunting a task, and she remained open.
"I don't know why I thought I could do it on my own," she said.
This time around she hired a consulting firm out of Denver. GA Wright Inc. is handling the sale into mid-December.
It will take a while to move the inventory. When you first walk into the store at 216 N. Fourth St., it seems small. But there's plenty of storage, both on the main floor and in the expansive basement. Along with Joe Schmid from the Denver firm, Anderson is relying on friends to help price the items for sale.
The Buman family first opened State Fur in 1931, and the Andersons bought it in 1978. Anderson was a registered nurse before getting into the retail business. Her husband Byron sold insurance and took care of the books for the business.
But Byron Anderson died in March 2000 and that's when the task of running the business became too much for Lorraine Anderson.
Anderson said she'll miss the customers - such as the one from Iowa who has ordered clothes by phone for 10 years and was placing an order last week. Anderson met the woman by chance when she walked into the store to buy leather gloves for her son. The woman was in Bismarck because he husband was in the hospital, and she and Anderson struck up a friendship.
But she's ready to simplify her life and spend more time with her kids and grandkids.
A big part of the business early on was furs, but Anderson added clothing, leather and accessories.
The store's hours for the sale are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Green Mill update
The Green Mill Restaurant is scheduled to open on Oct. 1 at its location on South Washington Street in the former Houlihan's building. The restaurant is known for its Chicago-style pizza but also has more on the menu, such as steak and pasta.
The grand opening is set for 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 1. Restaurant hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week. There is seating for 265 people.
A giant pizza slice mascot will hand out samples of breakfast pizza to commuters from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Tuesday at the restaurant's parking lot.
News of note
* Word is that ground will be broken this week for a McDonald's restaurant just east of the Stamart truck stop on East Divide Avenue. Owner Dennis Sotebeer was out of town last week, so details weren't available.
* Dean Miller of Mandan has started his own business. At the beginning of the month he opened Miller's Cabinet Refacing and Counter Tops. He worked for other companies for 13 years before venturing out on his own. He'll do counter tops, remodels in the kitchen and bathroom and cabinet work. For more information, call 667-1149.
* Dakota Hypnosis and owner Mary Guerard, as well as a number of clients, will be featured in an upcoming issue of Woman's World magazine. The national magazine is expected to feature Dakota Hypnosis client Julie Bender for a cover story.
* Eide Bailly, an accounting and consulting firm with offices in six states - including Bismarck, Fargo and Minot in North Dakota - is a sponsor of Dale Carnegie Training in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. The training program started in 1912 and teaches how to succeed by focusing on the human side of success. For more information, call 866-900-DALE.
(Reach reporter Mark Hanson at 250-8264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)