Marktplatz Mall ready for final closeout

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Above: All the Markplatz store fronts were clearing out of inventory Saturday. The mall was selling off all its final items in preparation for its final closing.

NEW ULM — Saturday was the last day of the Marktplatz Mall Store closeout and was the last chance for customers to find discounted items from leftover mall inventory.

Herberger’s will remain open for the time being until the inventory has been sold off, but the rest of the mall is officially closed. Herberger’s was long considered the anchor store of Marktplatz. With Herberger’s announcing its closing last month, the Marktplatz days were numbered.

Owner Randy Danielson said the former tenants have closed shop or moved to new locations. Graphix Plus is now located above Antiques Plus on Minnesota Street. NBC Church now operates out of the New Ulm Event Center. Grace Community Church still holds practices in the mall, but this is expected change in the near future.

The Marktplatz Mall was originally built in 1989. Danielson said he purchased the property after it went through bankruptcy. Now he said it is time for him to move on as well.

Danielson said their are possible plans in the work for the building after Herberger’s is gone. A few groups have surveyed the property, but nothing is official.

Below: Herberger’s will remain open until all its items are sold. The Men’s section of the store has already been cleared out.

“I am not trying to be coy,” Danielson said. “But nothing has been affirmed yet.”

All proceeds for the closeout sales went to benefit First Choice Pregnancy Services.

Amanda Freier, a First Choice Pregnancy board member said the close out sale over the last two weekends brought in many customers. The free will donations they received will help support pregnant women and their family before, during and after pregnancy.

During the first few days of the liquidation sale the gardening merchandise was the first to go followed by a few specialty items including store mannequins.

A lot of the clothes were given to a Catholic Charity and will be distributed to missions in Africa.