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Shoestrings to close, but new tenant on the way

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013

photo by Jon Stinnett Shoestrings owner Mindy Roberts said it will be "bittersweet" to close the store after nearly 10 years.

Shoestrings owner Mindy Roberts said she might be more upset about her store’s closing after a 10-year run if she weren’t so excited about her building’s incoming tenants.

On Monday, Roberts, who has operated the footwear and apparel store since June of 2003, announced Shoestrings’ closing, citing a desire to seek a better work/life balance.

“The biggest reason is that, after 10 years working six to seven days a week, I was ready for a change,” Roberts said. “I have no regrets about anything; it’s been a great adventure.”

Roberts said she hasn’t decided on her exact plans following the closing of Shoestrings, which this week began a liquidation of products that Roberts said she is in no immediate hurry to finish.

“I’m expecting it will probably take four to six weeks, but there’s no tight timeframe,” she said.

Roberts did say that she’s exploring other local business avenues as outlets for her passion for retail.

“I like being in business for myself,” she said. “Plus I love Cottage Grove and its historic downtown. So I’ve been toying around with other opportunities.”

Prior to opening Shoestrings, Roberts, a Cottage Grove High graduate, managed the Emporium Department Store at the former site of Liberty Lanes. She said she’s been contemplating a change for some time.

“I don’t want to think I’m closing up because the community didn’t support the store or anything, because the hardest thing to do is going to be saying goodbye on this level,” she said. “I’m just looking for something on a little smaller scale to help me balance my work and home life.”

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