Downtown shop closing doors after 40 years

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 3:55pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 6:44pm

Sadly, the historic view in downtown Tyler will soon change. After 40 years, Levines is closing its doors due to financial reasons. Ralph Mason, store manager, said, "I find fault with no one. Its sad where we are now, but those things happen and the times change, and its best to remember the good things in life."

Looking back on his 35 years, Mason says its been memorable. "I haven't worked a day in my life, I got paid to come in and visit with my friends, and every person that walked through the door was our friend," said Mason. Being the oldest store in downtown, Levines is leaving behind a legacy. In its prime, it was in 11 states with 152 stores, and now it has three, including the Tyler location.

Mason says his will miss the people the most, and said, "we've enjoyed it but its the customers, the people in Tyler,Texas and the surrounding areas that made it a pleasure to get up every morning, and come into work."

"I'm going to miss it, yeah," said Jackie Johnson. She says she grew up shopping at Levines, and is sad to see it close. Johnson said she continued to come back for the deals, and the school clothes for her kids. "If you're looking for uniforms for your kids to go to school, this is always the place to come and find them and you know, not spend the big buck, but able to find everything that you need," said Johnson.

Mason ended saying, "to all the people that made this possible, thank you."  He also told KETK the store will remain open until all merchandise is sold.

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