Longtime owner of Scandia’s Olde Towne Liquor store is retiring

Longtime owner of Scandia’s Olde Towne Liquor store is retiring
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It’s last call for Adrian Franssen, the longtime owner of Scandia Olde Towne Liquor.

After 62 years in the liquor business, Franssen is retiring. Customers and friends are invited to stop by the store from 1-3 p.m. Saturday for a farewell toast.

Franssen, 74, got his start at 13 as a stock boy for Sarrack’s Liquor Store in Maplewood and worked there for almost two decades. He left to manage Star Liquors, then moved on to Capital City Distributing. He bought the Scandia liquor store in 1994.

“I met a lot of incredible people,” Franssen said. “The store wasn’t just for people buying something. It was open for a quick chat, a hug, a shoulder to cry on and a lot of laughs.”

Franssen, also known as Mr. January, Mr. June, Mr. July and Mr. December, was one of the stars of the “Scandia/Marine Au Naturel” calendars, which feature nearly nude, middle-age men and women from Scandia and Marine on St. Croix.

For the 2012 calendar, Franssen’s midsection was covered by Teger, his Yorkshire terrier, sitting atop of a case of beer.

“They keep asking us, so they must like us,” he told the Pioneer Press at the time. “I sell them and sign them for my customers, and Teger puts her little paw print there, too.”

Franssen said his retirement plans include spending time with his grandchildren, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.

The liquor store’s new owner is Roxanne Bluhm, former manager of the Lindstrom Municipal Liquor Store.

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