Winona Knits will close this spring

by Eric Gustafson

The Winona Knits sweater store near Lake Winona will close its doors in late March or early April, according to company spokesperson Pete Woodworth.

In January, the company announced that its 11 other stores would be closing, and it was hoped the flagship location in Winona would be maintained as an outlet for the sweater manufacturer Winona Knitting Mills.

Woodworth, president of Winona Knitting Mills, this week confirmed that selling the Winona location is a departure from what was originally planned.

According to Woodworth, the owners of the store, Pat and Rene Woodworth, found that potential buyers of their catalog and Internet operations are uninterested in the store. "It doesn't fit with people's plans," Pete Woodworth says.

Meanwhile, the Winona store's property has been placed on the market for sale.

The sweater specialty stores were founded by the Woodworth family in 1977 as an outgrowth of the Winona Knitting Mills. The stores have been selling women's and men's apparel and gift items.