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Same name, new ownership: The Stag Clothiers reopens with Robyn Moser at the helm

WORTHINGTON -- Having worked in a clothing store for all of her retail life, Robyn Moser is veteran of retail sales. But this morning, she will enter a new phase in that career when she opens the doors of The Stag Clothiers as its owner.

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New owner Robyn Moser stands in front of the new merchandise at The Stag Clothiers on 10th Street in downtown Worthington. (Beth Rickers/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Having worked in a clothing store for all of her retail life, Robyn Moser is  veteran of retail sales. But this morning, she will enter a new phase in that career when she opens the doors of The Stag Clothiers as its owner.

Robyn and her husband Kenneth have taken over the business previously run by partners Dale Ryen and Stan Wendland. The two men owned and operated retail operations in both Worthington and Windom for many years. The Windom location, managed by Wendland, closed a while back, and when Ryen recently decided to retire, the Mosers made the decision to take over the Worthington operation following Ryen’s “Going Out of Business” sale to reduce the inventory.

“That was the same process when Dale and Stan bought it from (longtime owner) Orville Hokeness … bringing the inventory in line,” explained Moser. “The end result is a change of ownership, with me stepping in.”

Robyn worked at The Stag throughout Ryen’s tenure, and even before, but her retail sales experience extends beyond that. She got her start as a young teen when her mother, Diane Waldner, operated a business originally called Diane’s Imports in the Hotel Thompson and later expanded into a bridal and clothing store in a larger downtown space. Robyn went on to work 10 years for Leutholds and two more at Vanity, both in the Northland Mall, before three years at The Stag under Hokeness’ leadership, and then for Ryen and Wendland.

“When I look back at it, I’ve really only had three jobs in my life, and they have all been retail, working with the public,” said Robyn. “Now I get to be my own boss.”

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After closing for inventory and reorganization, The Stag reopens today. There will be some new inventory, Robyn noted, and the look of the business will be gradually freshened. She’s already added some new decor pieces, working with the Barn Fresh store in rural Adrian.

“We want to make some changes,” she explained, “and to start with, some cosmetic changes. As we move into winter, you will see some more. We want to reconfigure the dressing rooms, as that’s something that’s been sorely lacking.”

Robyn plans to continue with many of the current clothing lines in all categories -- men’s, women’s, juniors, young men’s -- and add some new brands gradually.

“The way purchasing is done has changed over the years,” she said. “Our goal is to keep fresh things coming in, have new things always coming in so we keep it fresh. We will continue to carry some of our favorites, the staples, but will also have some new lines coming in, and I will be scouting out other lines to bring in.”

For any prospective brides and grooms out there -- as well as prom goers -- Robyn stressed that The Stag will continue to offer Tip Top Tuxedo rentals for all special occasions.

Whether catering to a tuxedo customer, fitting a man for a new suit or helping a female customer find that just-right item to update her wardrobe, customer service will always be the hallmark of The Stag experience, Robyn stressed. The business will continue to offer clothing alteration and tailoring services, and Robyn is willing to stay open late or come in at alternate times to accommodate people’s schedules.

“What we try to tell people is, please ask us,” she said about going the extra mile for customers. “If we can’t do it or provide that service, we may know someone who can. … And we’re open to suggestions: How can we improve our service?”

For Robyn, owning a clothing store is the logical next step in her retail career, and it’s a challenge to which she looks forward.

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“I like working with the public, working with different people,” she said. “I don’t know if I could have an office job. I like the variety of customers, like trying to help people put things together so they are comfortable in what they are wearing. I like when people get complimented on what they are wearing, and they are proud to say they got it at The Stag.”

Hours at The Stag are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 9:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday. For renovation purposes, the store will be closed July 2-6, reopening at 9:30 a.m. July 7. The Stag also has a Facebook page that will be updated regularly to showcase new merchandise and promotions.

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