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Our Story

Purdys Shoe Store is a family owned business that was started in 1946 by Al Purdy. Al announced the opening of Purdys in the August 29th, 1946 Thief River Falls Times. His new business was opened on Saturday August 31st. In the mid sixties, Al’s son Bob took over the company and ran it until Cliff and Shirley Swanson bought it on May 1st, 1984.
    Purdys was located on East Third Street until November of 1997. Cliff and Shirley decided to move it to 209 LaBree Avenue, where it is located still today. On January 1st, 2009 Cliff and Shirley’s son Trevor and his wife Monica took over and have been operating Purdys ever since.

Why Us

WE are a single location, family owned and ran business.  We pride ourselves on great service and selection with very competitive prices.  Nearly any day you can stop in and find the owner working on the floor.  This attention to detail gives us a great understanding of the market and what is trending.
We support many local charities and schools and sponsor many activities so your dollars stay local.  We are an award winner with a Governor’s award for the “Business Gives”   program.  We are second generation and plan to continue to serve your needs and our community for many years in the future.

Our Brands

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Michele Rewards Member
Thief River Falls, MN

Excellent service, very patient & helpful. Found exactly what i needed.

Nov 18, 2018
Vanessa Rewards Member
Minneapolis, MN

I always have a great experience when I visit Purdys

Oct 24, 2018

Contact Us

209 Labree Ave N
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Directions | (218) 681-2608