Tom Karle’s 60-year career in the menswear business began more than 60 years ago when he landed a job brushing suits for 40 cents an hour.
That career ended Jan. 5 when Karle, owner of Tom Karle and Son Clothiers, died at Saint Vincent Health Center at the age of 80.
Now his daughter and co-owner, Christine Karle, and his nephew, Tim Means, who managed the store, have announced plans to close the shop, located since 2009 in the Colony Plaza on West Eighth St.
“It had become a situation basically of diminishing returns,” Means said. “It’s just the nature of the clothing business. And if you look at the last 10 to 15 years, the extent of mangement-level business has been steadily dwindling in our town.”
Christine Karle said closing the store sometime this spring won’t be easy, but she thinks it’s the right move.
“It’s going to be sad,” she said. “It’s going to be an end of an era.”
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