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Park Rapids Pamida to close this Saturday

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After 30 years in business, the Park Rapids Pamida department store will be closing Saturday.

The decision "boils down to economics," said Dean Williamson, vice president of human resources at the Omaha corporate office. "It's a sign of the times."

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Sales performance numbers drove the decision, he said. "It's more costly to keep the store open than closed."

Pamida stores in Detroit Lakes and Wadena will also close. Wadena's store will remain open until Feb. 14 but the Detroit Lakes Pamida will also close at week's end.

The Park Rapids site's approximately 20 employees learned of the decision Friday.

The three stores are among 11 that will close. Pamida has 215 department stores in 17 states.

There will be no liquidation of inventory; the products will be moved to another store, Williamson said. Current employees will be asked to remain with the store for the next two to three weeks to assist with the transition.

Pamida's practice is to provide severance pay he said, including part-time employees.

"This is no reflection on the store team," Williamson emphasized.

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