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Nelson’s Variety Stores, which operate in Racine and Caledonia, will shut the doors of both locations after all of their merchandise is sold, according to a story by the Journal Times.

Jeff Nelson, who owns the stores, told the reporter he hopes to be closed by the end of February. The reason for the closures: 61-year-old Nelson wants to retire. Over the years the store has sold everything from birthday cards to gym uniforms to candy. He’s also known for his assortment of Packers party favors and novelty items.

According to the story:

“It’s time to retire,” Nelson said. “And it’s getting too difficult to find some of the stuff we’ve been known to have.”

Founded in 1940, the first location was at 3208 Washington Avenue, but it moved in 1956 to 3223 Washington Avenue. The Caledonia location was built in 1979 at 4636 Douglas Ave.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.