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Wauwatosa’s ‘The Map Store’ to close after 79 years

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Started in the 1930's, the multi-generational company will close March 31st

World maps, nautical maps, street maps… you name it and Jan Swain, owner of The Map Store in Wauwatosa, probably has it.

Jan Swain, owner, says the store is set to close March 31st.

After being with the business for 54 years, Jan Swain, owner, says the store is set to close March 31st.

But after a successful run, the multi-generational company, operating out of Milwaukee since the 1930’s, announced they will be closing their doors for good on March 31st.

Storefront of The Map Store at 3720 N 124th Street in Wauwatosa. Makenzie Boettcher | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Storefront of The Map Store at 3720 N 124th Street in Wauwatosa.

“Electronics have taken a big large part of our business. It’s fine… but the end is in there because there’s no long-range presence needed,” said Swain this past week.

Makenzie Boettcher | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

But what will he miss the most about running this beloved store? Listen to the full story below:

 

For more on The Map Store in Wauwatosa, including a link to their online store, you can visit www.milwaukeemap.com.

Jan helps a customer pin down the perfect map for a road trip. Makenzie Boettcher | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Jan helps a customer pin down the perfect map for a road trip.