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Pine City company stitching for Vikings

Lee's Pro Shop has 35 employees and they say they're excited to make jerseys for their NFL team.

PINE CITY, Minn. - Earlier this week, KARE 11 introduced you to Penny Bryce, the seamstress responsible for stitching the names on Vikings jerseys for 49 years.

Penny has decided to retire so the Vikings have hired a company from Pine City to stitch for the team.

Employees at Lee's Pro Shop are very eager to work for the Vikings.

"It was exciting," said Loren Samuelson of Lee's Pro Shop.

The employees say their favorite NFL team is the Vikings.

"I've been a fan, oh boy, ever since Fred Cox was kicking field goals," said Samuelson.

Loren and his siblings bought the shop from their dad, Lee.

Lee's Pro Shop has 35 employees and they say they're excited to take over for Penny.

"She's done such a great job. We got some big shoes to fill," Samuelson said, "I really think we'll be able to handle it no problem with our expertise and our quality of service we'll right there on top."

Samuelson says this is a big deal for Pine City, too.

"We will be hiring a couple of extra seamstresses to make sure we accommodate the Minnesota Vikings and we will continue to keep our good service and the impact is all our dollars will stay in the community," said Samuelson.

Right now, the shop is working on a lot of Kirk Cousin's replica jerseys for marketing purposes.

The business expects to start stitching official game jerseys as early as this month.

Lee's Pro Shop also does the lettering for the Gophers football team. That's how the Vikings first learned about shop.