GALVESTON, Texas -- Standing down: Fans of military surplus store Col. Bubbie s Strand Surplus Senter should prepare for a final salute. After 42 years, the world-renowned shop, 2202 Strand in the island s downtown, likely will close at summer s end.

Meyer and Suzie Reiswerg opened Col. Bubbie s in 1972. Suzie Reiswerg said it was time for her to retire.

Meyer died five years ago, and this was his baby, Reiswerg said. It s sad; this is an institution. But I ve been doing this for 42 years, and I m ready to retire.

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