The Glik’s clothing store in Marshall is growing in a new location. Glik’s recently relocated from Market Street Mall to the retail center that K-Mart previously occupied. It is now home to an Ashley HomeStore, a Hobby Lobby, and a Lazyboy furniture studio.
The new location has square footage than the old one. It is also visible from the Minnesota Highway 23 bypass. “Marshall is a great location for us,” said Glik’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Glik. “It’s a progressive town with wonderful people. We decided to relocate and expand.”
Glik stated that his decision to locate in Marshall 20 years ago was influenced by conversations with locals at the Bagels and Brew coffee shop on East College Drive during his first visit to the community.
He was ” not impressed when he visited the Market Street Mall after arriving on an evening with little business activity; he was “not impressed.” After hearing from locals, he changed his mind and returned to the mall, where he received a glowing recommendation from the manager of the Maurices clothing store.
“If I hadn’t gone out for coffee that morning, we never would have located in Marshall,” Glik said. “I could tell that people were proud of their town. They talked about Schwan’s and the college and said they really needed more retail. That’s exactly the kind of town I want for a business location.”
According to the company website, Marshall is one of 65 Glik’s stores located in 11 different states. It began as a men’s clothing store in 1897 and later evolved into a department store. It now sells a wide variety of popular women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and shoes.
Glik’s is the fourteenth oldest retail establishment in the United States. The same family has always run it. Glik, the current CEO, is a member of the company’s fifth generation.
Glik’s has a large Internet presence and a quickly growing online sales component in addition to its 65 shops. It established a new 50,000 square foot headquarters in Collinsville, Illinois, in 2021 due to total sales growth. Glik said he expects Marshall to have a continued long-term role in the company’s plans for future sales growth and brand expansions.
“We’ve planned our expansion to have stronger roots in the community,” he said. “We’re excited about the new Marshall site and our overall opportunities.”
Since the move-in location, staff at the new Marshall location report a significant increase in client visitation and overall revenue. They also mentioned that the Marshall expansion coincides with the inauguration of a new Glik’s location in Mankato.
“It’s an exciting time for us,” said assistant manager Ashley Amundson. “We’re busy. People have really taken an interest in our new location and our larger store.
Source: Marshall Independent
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