Karlton's Clothiers & Tailors closes its doors after nearly 6 decades

All employees and staff say it's time to move on to phase 2

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - "It's been a pleasure to come to work. I can't imagine people who dread having to go to work because we can't wait to go to work and everybody here, once they start working here, they work here until they retire," says Kim Kletschke, Co-Owner of Karlton's.

After nearly 6 decades of success in selling top notch men's fashion, the owners of Karlton's say it's time to close up shop. 

"All of our full-time employees, sales people, tailors, everybody--the minimum they've been here is 32 years. So it's time; Everybody's ready to hang up the tape measure and go goof off a little bit. So we've been getting ready for this kind of keeping it under the radar, just in time for people to do their Christmas shopping and fill their closets up. We are ready to go. We are going to chop the heck out of all the prices," says Kletschke.

Although customers may be shocked at the recent news, the owners say they've all reached that point in their lives where they're ready to move on to the next phase of their lives in retirement. 

"All of us are ready to go. It's like a celebration, it's not that we had to close or this or that. It's perfect," says Kletschke.

But they're not leaving without a bang...

"At 9 a.m. sharp on Thursday the 16th, here we go. Doors open. Come and get it," says Kletschke.

A huge closeout sale, up to 75 percent off merchandise in store, and they're hoping to see some familiar faces for their last hoorah. 

"Customers end up being friends and lifelong--in many cases, three generations worth. We've got guys that we are selling to now and we've sold to their dad and sold to their grandpa," says Kletschke.

A store with a historical background familiar to many Siouxlanders who have been around as long as Karlton's has...but all good things must come to an end. 

"Time to go to phase two. Golfing and riding bikes," says Kletschke."
 


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