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Published:April 30th, 2011 11:44 EST

Oprah Store To Close! Does This Symbolize The End Of The Oprah Empire?

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Oprah Winfrey`s Harpo Productions announced the Oprah Store in Chicago will close next month, shortly after the end of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

The company said the store, located across from its studio, and the Oprah Store kiosk at


Chicago`s Water Tower Place will close at the end of May, WGN-TV, Chicago, reported Friday.

The shop and the kiosk specialize in Oprah-related items, including apparel from her "O" brand and souvenirs such as umbrellas, coffee mugs and baby bibs. UPI

Oprah Winfrey`s ego knows no bounds; it takes an ungodly amount of chutzpah for the talk show queen to name a store "The Oprah Store."

Oprah has millions of fans who will buy any product she recommends and any clothing apparel with her name. But I break out in hives if I`m forced to watch Oprah for more than a minute; you couldn`t bribe me with a million bucks to enter her store. If I end up in hell, I`m sure there`s an Oprah kiosk where I will be locked away for eternity.

The closing of the Oprah Store symbolizes the end of Oprah`s dynasty. When Oprah`s daytime talk show ends its long and successful run next month, all she will have left is her cable channel, naturally named after her.

Oprah`s cable channel is niche programming lost in a landscape of thousands of cable, satellite and broadcast networks.

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