This October, award-winning retailer The Foursome in Plymouth, MN is celebrating their 80th year in business! That’s a major accomplishment in the retail world. And when people talk about a “family business”, there’s no better example than the three generations of family all working together at The Foursome.
The company began in 1935, founded by four golfing school teachers…hence the great name. In 1955, Ron Engel became a part owner in The Foursome. He and his wife Lucille really dove into the business, and by 1965 they were the sole owners. Over the years they’ve added helpers along the way. Ron’s son Gordy Engel and four of Gordy’s six children are all keeping The Foursome business thriving. Granddaughters Nicole Chose, Keri Rouen and Beth Dougherty manage the marketing, HR, and visual displays, respectively. Grandson Michael Engel is responsible for finance and sales, and Michael’s wife Kelsey manages the e-commerce team (they have a fabulous website!). Even Gordy’s wife Nancy is part of the team, although her clients are much smaller. She provides daycare for the Engel’s grandchildren—sometimes all 13 at once! That’s why we say this group is a true family-run business. Makes you wonder which great grandchild might enter the business next!
Like any company in business for 80 years, The Foursome has seen its share of changes. Originally the store was located in Wayzata, MN, and at one point they offered men’s (including Big & Tall), women’s and children shops. In 2009 their location was redeveloped, which caused a big change for the beloved retailer. “We had a big decision to make,” said Nicole. “Call it a ‘good run’ or move forward. By God’s grace and family unity, doors swung open [to our new location], and we moved into a beautiful, brand new store in neighboring Plymouth that has propelled us into the modern era of third generation Foursome shoppers.”
When asked what they wish their customers knew about them, Keri shared: “I wish they knew how much we truly care about how they look, and how satisfied they are with the shopping experience and clothing they take home.”
Considering that this retailer has developed such a loyal customer base, we think that they’ve succeeded in letting the consumer know just how much they care. And they care a lot, even about the smallest of details. Nicole said that one of her proudest moments in the business was the night of their grand opening party at their new store. After all the hard work, they opened the doors and people flooded into the gorgeous new store with great admiration and excitement. “Either that,” she said, “or the day I brought an ad I had designed to my Grandfather for approval and he said ‘looks great!’” A proud moment indeed.
St. Croix Collections is thrilled to work with such a service oriented, quality retailer like The Foursome, and we wish them tremendous future success and a very Happy Anniversary!
Check out their website at http://www.thefoursome.com, and enjoy Anniversary savings now through October 5th!