Century-Old Utah Western-Wear Store Says Adios
The rising bankruptcy rate shows that new businesses face enormous odds. So, imagine staying in business for 127 years. That's what Cross Western Wear has managed in Ogden, Utah, until now. The decline of ranching, changing tastes in clothes and the closure of the shopping mall across the street have the descendants of C.W. Cross closing the store he opened in 1878.
An auction is scheduled Saturday for the remaining boots, hats, jeans, spurs, bits and other cowboy clothing and gear. More then a century of family artifacts also go on the auction block, including C.W.'s roll-top desk, saddles, buffalo hides and holster.
Great Grandson Tony Cross, one of two brothers running the store, is philosophical about the closure. "When you're doing a third of what it was ten years ago, dollar-wise… the fun leaves. So… you say, 'Well, I made a good run at 127 years.'"
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