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Raleigh's Globetrotter store holds sale as owners retire

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A Raleigh store that has been serving travel supplies since 1976 is closing so the owners can retire and, well, travel.

Prices at the store in Raleigh's Cameron Village have been slashed, with the store likely to close at the end of the holiday season. The store includes Hartmann luggage, Vera Bradley bags and other accessories for travelers, like passport wallets and neck pillows.

Cheryl and Jim Fairchild opened Globetrotter at the old North Hills mall in 1976.

"It has been a great ride," Cheryl Fairchild said. "It's been a great run, yeah."

She described the couple as "very green" when it came to business when they opened 37 years ago.

"We didn't have any real idea what would happen," she said. "We liked to travel. In the beginning, we said, ‘Raleigh doesn't have any place to go to get yourself equipped for a trip.' And so that's what we set out to do.

"And as travel changed, we found a lot of different, new things that we could offer to people. One lady came in and she said, ‘What am I going to do when you are gone? I know I am going off on a trip when I go to your store and find what I need, and then I go out to the airport and get my bagel and coffee.'"

The store has become well-known in the area, and is a frequent stop for shoppers looking for items like graduation gifts.

The Globetrotter has attracted big crowds in recent days, with shoppers pouring in as the holiday season approaches.

"It's almost turned out to be a party, almost an alumni gathering," Cheryl Fairchild said. "We've had great response, people coming in and saying how much they  have appreciated us over the years. So it's been very gratifying – very gratifying."

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