Oacoma's Old West Trading Post to close
OACOMA — After 20 years in business, the owners of Oacoma's Old West Trading Post are closing up shop.
But they're not leaving the antique business completely.
Old West Trading Post, an antique mall known for its variety of western items, will officially close Oct. 21 after 20 years of selling collectibles and 29 years prior as a museum, according to owner Greg OIson.
But as soon as he can secure a location in Chamberlain, Olson hopes he and his wife can open a new store.
The new store will only be open when the couple is available, though, rather than seven days per week, Olson said, and they won't hire outside employees.
"Mainly, our knees, shoulders and hips are too sore to work anymore," Olson said. "It's just every year it gets a little harder on the body, so maybe instead of being open seven days a week, it'll be seven days per month at the new place. We'll cut way back."
Located off of Interstate 90 at exit 260, Old West Trading Post is a seasonal business that is open daily from late April until October.
In anticipation of its closure, all of the items at Old West Trading Post have a 40 percent discount, and a customer appreciation day will be held Sunday, with many extra sales available, Olson said.
Despite an official closing slated for Oct. 21, Olson said Old West Trading Post will be open by appointment or "by chance" as items are being moved out and the store is being cleaned.
And after the business closes, Olson said he intends to travel more and visit family he hasn't seen regularly due to his schedule.
"I think we have probably 500 things to do in 365 days next year," Olson joked. "Every day, we hear people say we can't close because it's their favorite shop, and that's been tough but we've met a lot of people, got a lot of stories from people and learned a lot."