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Glik's celebrating 125 years as Midwest clothing retailer

Glik's is the 14th oldest retailer in the U.S. and the family-owned clothing chain, which includes a Willmar location, is now under the leadership of the fourth and fifth generations of the Glik family.

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Elliot Glik, left, is one of the fifth generation to join the family business. He is pictured with his uncle Jeff Glik and father, Jim Glik.
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WILLMAR — The 14th oldest retailer in the U.S., Glik’s will be celebrating its 125th anniversary the week of Oct. 3-9, according to a news release from the family-owned company headquartered in Illinois.

The Glik's clothing store in Willmar, one of several Minnesota locations, is in the Uptown Mall on South First Street.

The Glik family grew the clothing company from a horse-drawn wagon, to one of the first strip mall stores, to more than 70 brick and mortar locations as well as an online store, according to the news release.

The first strip mall location, in 1954 in Granite City, Illinois, was a junior department store. According to the release, the family saw a niche they could offer — a store bigger than a specialty store, but more personal than a national chain — and the company continues that philosophy today.

An undated photo of a Glik's storefront on a corner. The family-owned clothing company, headquartered in Illinois, is celebrating 125 years in business. The chain of stores includes a location in Willmar, Minnesota.
An undated photo of a Glik's storefront is shown. The family-owned clothing company, headquartered in Illinois, is celebrating 125 years in business. The Midwest chain of stores includes a location in Willmar, Minnesota.
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Glik’s now has a home in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska.

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The fourth generation currently leads the company, brothers Jeff Glik as CEO and Jim Glik as vice president.

Cousins Jeremy and Elliot, fifth-generation family members, joined the leadership of the company in 2020. Jeremy Glik, son of Jeff, is the women's buyer for the company, and Elliot Glik, son of Jim, is the young men's buyer.

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