General Store Closing In Tiny Minnesota Town Of Godahl
GODAHL (AP) — A general store that had been a gathering spot for the tiny southern Minnesota farming community of Godahl for 122 years has succumbed to the inevitable.
The Godahl Store made preparations this past week to close for good at the end of the day Saturday. The store was built in 1894. It was the oldest consumer cooperative general store still operating in Minnesota and the third oldest in the United States
Carlie Olson, who lives near Godahl, says community fundraising subsidized the store for years. She says sales volume was so low that vendors wouldn't deliver merchandise to the rural outpost about 35 miles west of Mankato. So board members and supporters bought things in other communities to stock the shelves.