Dennis and Jeri Anderson want every clothing customer to find the right fit, so it's no surprise as they look to sell Moyers Department Store, they want for the right fit for Neligh.
After more than five years with the store, Jeri said she feels the time is right to pass the baton.
“I am a caregiver for my father in Minnesota. We have grandkids in Wisconsin who we want to visit," she said. "With Dennis retired, it’s time for me to travel with him. It is time to turn it over for someone else to make it grow.”
While Dennis and Jeri are not originally from Neligh, they are synonymous with the community and are vested leaders. Jeri is the former mayor and Dennis serves on the Economic Development Board. Both are board members with the Neligh Chamber of Commerce.
The Andersons moved from Worthington, Minnesota to Nebraska in 1976. Dennis had recently graduated from agricultural banking school and had landed a job with the Oakdale Bank. After two years, Dennis worked with Farm Credit Services of America in Neligh for 35 years before retiring.
Jeri worked for a clothing store, True Value, Village Shop and Village Boutique in addition to some of her own entrepreneurial endeavors.
“I had a daycare for eight years between True Value and Village Shop. We purchased t-shirt factory in 2000 and sold it in 2007,” Jeri said. “Then in September of 2010, Moyer’s was going to close so we purchased it so it wouldn’t close. We have had it going for five and a half years and it has been great.”
While they have made Neligh their home, they have served in the community on different boards. Even through Moyer’s they have offered jackets with town pride.
“Doing the Neligh coats has been great to market Neligh with its brand logo. It has gone above and beyond what I thought it would,” Jeri said.
Jeri said it is important for them to find the right person to keep Moyer’s open and she is willing work with the next owner to do so.
“Someone with retail background would make a great purchaser. Deanne Schrage has managed Moyer’s for more than 25 years. She is great with the buying, merchandising and running the business,” Jeri said. “She and I would work with anyone interested in purchasing Moyer’s. It is very important that Moyer’s stays open. It is an asset to the community.”
Aside from the vast selection of clothing and accessory options in a convenient location, Moyer’s offers other important services for the community as they transport dry-cleaning to Norfolk and back for people, replace watch batteries and personalize gifts and gear.
Why is it so important?
Moyer’s has been a long-time staple business in the community that not only meets the needs of people here, but also brings in customers from a distance to the Neligh community.
“We have regular customers from Kansas, South Dakota, Idaho and all around Nebraska, like O’Neill, Albion, Norfolk and more,” Jeri said.
“It will be hard to leave Moyer’s. It has been great owning it and running it and the customers are great. It warms my heart when elderly ladies come in and thank me for being here with Moyer’s.”