Straus for Men has been a part of the rich North Dakota history since 1879. We are the oldest family owned retail business in the state.
2016 - Like many of the great legends in Fargo history, a beloved retail treasure will soon make its evolutionary debut. Straus is coming back to Fargo, under the new ownership of Chad Herring. Chad worked for the historic company more than 20 years ago. The new Straus For Men clothing store opened it's doors on November 30, 2016 at 4487 Calico Drive South in Fargo, ND.
Nearly one year ago in January, brothers John and Rick stern closed the Fargo store after more than 135 years in business. “Four generations as a family-owned company is a great run,” said Rick Stern. He added “At the time we wanted to retire, we didn’t have anyone within the family who wanted to take it over, but now we can pass the torch to Chad as a 5th generation owner and we couldn’t be happier.”
Herring intends to build on the long-standing tradition of high quality products and outstanding service for men of all ages while adding a modern twist with additional brands and accessories that will appeal to a younger demographic.
The new Straus For Men store will feature the following brands: Coppley, S. Cohen, Orox, Enro, Ballin, True Grit, 34 Heritage and 7 Diamonds to name a few. Straus For Men will also offer personal care items and gifts.
2015 - Straus' Owner's John & Rick Stern retired and closed the store.
1998 - Recognized as oldest family owned retail business in ND
1997 - Consolidated our Fargo stores into one new large store on the busiest street in North Dakota. The move proved to be very successful, as customers and employees have enjoyed the new convenient location.
1996 - Straus launched its first Web site
1979 - Celebrated our 100th ANNIVERSARY
1978 - Moved downtown store in Grand Forks to Columbia Mall, putting both Grand Forks locations in shopping centers
1972 - A second Fargo location was opened at the West Acres Mall where Ed’s son John, a third generation Stern, became part of the management team. Another son, Rick, joined the management team at the downtown location.
1970 - Purchased Beck’s in Jamestown ND
1966 - Opened a second store in Grand Forks ND at South Forks Shopping Center
1964 - Moved back to the same location on completion of a new building
1963 - Easter Sunday brought disaster as fire destroyed the Fargo store
1957 - Bought Globe Clothing in Fargo and moved into their location with a new store
1955 - Purchased Havig store in Grand Forks ND and opened in that location
1950 - Expanded store in Fargo ND
1941 - Moved to larger quarters in Fargo ND
1936 - Purchased Esquire Shop in Fargo ND where Herman’s son Ed started his management career
1907 - Mr. Straus bought Valley City Store from his cousin’s estate and had his nephew Herman Stern run the store
1897 - M. G. Straus opened store in Casselton ND
1882 - Moved store to Valley City ND
1879 - Adolph Sternberg opened store in Sanborn ND