Joe Lesar Menswear is closing after many years in the heart of downtown.
D’Angelo, 72, said it’s just time for him to retire.
“I’m old,” he said. “I want to retire, that’s all. I just want to enjoy some life.”
He said his future plans are doing “whatever my wife tells me to do.”
Joe Lesar, located on Cedar Street, will close as soon as all of its stock is sold, which D’Angelo said will probably be late this month or early next month. Bargain hunters should note Joe Lesar’s products are being sold off at deep discounts.
D’Angelo, who owns the building currently occupied by the clothing store, said he’s currently attempting to rent it out to another business.
Despite its impending closure, D’Angelo said Joe Lesar is still doing well.
“Our banker says so because we don’t owe them any money,” he said.
He admits, however, that selling upscale men’s clothing isn’t as lucrative as it used to be, as people don’t dress up as much.
D’Angelo said he doesn’t want to comment on Rutherford’s complaints about the downtown — which range from parking woes to poor snow removal — although he does wonder about the area’s future.
From what D’Angelo sees, downtown bars and restaurants are the businesses doing the best.
He said he thinks the newly opened architecture school, located in the former Market Square building, will have a positive impact on downtown businesses.
Joe Lesar has a long history in the downtown. It was started by Joe Lesar Sr. in 1947, and D’Angelo started working there in 1963. D’Angelo became part-owner of the business with Joe Lesar Jr. in 1968, and moved it to its current location in 1972.
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