4 World of Variety stores officially to close after 47 years

4 World of Variety stores officially to close after 47 years

Four World of Variety stores in southwestern Wisconsin are officially closing Friday.

News 3 first reported in September that the stores in Fennimore, Boscobel, Mt. Horeb and Cross Plains would be closing.

The store’s owners posted on Facebook that Friday was the last day the stores would be open after 47 years.

“Thank you to our staff, customers and vendors for allowing us to live our dream by serving Fennimore, Mt Horeb, Boscobel, Cross Plains, Verona, Darlington and their surrounding communities. Special thanks to Dick and Judy Mudler for their foresight in getting this journey started and Alice Mudler for helping to see it thru until the end. We look forward to seeing what the future will bring.”

Back in September, the store’s social media posts went viral, and customers filled the stores.

“It’s been phenomenal. I had no idea we’d get this kind of a reaction,” owner Mike Mudler told News 3 in September.

Mudler’s parents bought the original store in 1973, and he and his wife bought the store from his parents in 1996.

At one point, World of Variety had six locations, with the other two in Verona and Darlington.

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