Cohen’s Clothiers to shut its doors after 115 years

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Photo via Cohen’s Clothiers website

By Simone Ellin

For generations of Baltimore area bar mitzvah boys and their families, buying a suit for their special occasion at Cohen’s Clothiers has been part of that rite of passage.

But on Jan. 12, the family-owned Cockeysville retailer announced on its website and Facebook page it will close its doors after 115 years in business.

Longtime proprietor Gilbert Cohen said the store will close in several weeks after a liquidation sale. “It’s time,” said Cohen, 81, noting that the store’s current lease ends in late April.

Cohen’s news comes on the heels of recent closing announcements from such local Jewish-owned longtime businesses as Donna’s, Greetings & Readings, and Tuxedo Pharmacy.

Cohen said the owners of Yorktown Shopping Center, where the store is located, indicated to him that the complex will eventually be renovated. He said he decided not to sign a new lease because a renovation might have meant Cohen’s would have to move to another part of the shopping center.

Read more about the Cohen family’s decision to shutter their longtime store over at Jmore.

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