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Frost River Trading reopens storefront after 6-month shutdown


DULUTH, MN -- Frost River Trading Co. will be reopening their store to the public Thursday after a nearly six month shut down due to the pandemic.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and activities will take place at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Park-based retail store.

"We closed our retail location and shifted operations to produce PPE masks and shields back in March and saw this shutdown as an ideal time to complete major renovations to the store's interior and facade without disrupting retail operations," said Christian Benson, Owner. "With fall and the
holiday season fast upon us, the time is right to reopen the store with our COVID measures for safe shopping in place,"

Store operations run from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

UPDATE: 9/24/20

DULUTH, MN -- A grand reopening is happening at Frost River Trading Company today after a six-month closure due to COVID-19.

The ribbon-cutting Thursday kicks off a four-day celebration for the company, who six months ago shut down their retail store the public.

During that time off Frost River transitioned to manufacturing masks for area hospitals as well as remodeling their commercial storefront.

Store owner Christian Benson says Frost River manufactured 150,000 masks and nearly 300,000 face shields for frontline workers.

"The reason we have waited this long to get the store back open is we wanted to make sure it was right. That it was right for our staff that we were able to get the whole store up and going…that we learned from other retailers who have gone through the reopening process," says Benson when asked why the store had finally decided to reopen their storefront.

The reopening celebration continues throughout the weekend with special promotions from other area retailers.

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Brandon Gordon

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