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Missouri Mercantile Closing its Hazelwood Doors

The retailer's lease is up at St. Louis Outlet Mall at the end of February. St. Charles will be its new home.

There is nothing like buying local, supporting the local economy and local businesses. Sadly, one Hazelwood business that is as local as local gets will be closing its doors at the end of February.

Bill Olwig, Missouri Mercantile's owner made the tough decision to close after a lot of deliberation, he said.

"It's been a rough last couple of years at the mall," Olwig said. "I thought it was the economy but since it looks like things have gotten better with the economy, I'm not seeing an improvement with sales."

Missouri Mercantile's location at St. Louis Outlet Mall in the City of Hazelwood doesn't make the best fit for a store as such, Olwig said. A few locations in differing cities have been tested with most striking out.

Before the Hazekwood store there was a store at Westport in Maryland Heights and before that, the original location in Old Town Florissant.

"I miss that old town setting since we left old town Florissant," Olwig said. "I am seeing that our clientele base has dwindled at the mall."

Olwig recently opened a second shop on Main Street in St. Charles in November and plans to operate solely from that location moving forward. He said the old town setting seems right.

"It feels good to be on main street," he said. "I feel like we are making the correct decision for our business to grow."

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Missouri Mercantile carries numerous varieties of wines, sausages, hand-made cheeses, pickles, honeys and much more all created by Missouri artisans and growers.

Bob Emling February 12, 2013 at 01:40 PM
I am surprised the store lasted this long in the Mills location. The only place doing any real business is Cabela's. Our TIF money was well spent here . ( LOL ) I knew when this center was built it was doomed. This place was a haven for hooligans to hang out. A reflection of what North County is.
Candace Jarrett February 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM
We usually agree on a lot but not this. Say what you want Bob, I go to the mall on occasion with my toddler or to exercise. usually on a weekday in the mornings and I have no problems. I think if you go to any mall on the weekend or after school there will be teens that think they are cool or tough so that's not an isolated situation. I will say that I will miss Missouri Mercantile. I go there to get my soy candles. Oh, and NoCo is not a haven for hooligans. I think there are many long time residents that would be offended by that statement
Ashley February 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM
NoCo has good and bad areas just like any other place but that isn't the point of this article. Best of luck. I do wish there was a more ideal location for you in Hazelwood. We need all the unique home-grown business we can get. I'm over all the corporate, franchise and chain stuff.
alococo February 13, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Take the negativety and stereotypes somewhere else Bob!

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