Four-decade-old business will close in Merrill Submitted: 05/08/2013
MERRILL - For the last 40 years, people looking for a special, tailored fit, could find it on Main Street in Merrill. But soon, they won't be able to anymore. The Guy's Shop and Thelma's will be closing. The Guy's Shop opened in 1972 and Thelma's opened five years later. Three years ago, the two stores combined.

The clothing stores sells men and women's clothes along with jewelry and fixtures. Co-owner Jack Kleinschmidt says it's tough to see his business go. "It's bitter sweet because we have a lot of really good customers," Kleinschmidt said. "We call them clients and that have really become good friends. They know that if they need a particular thing, they can come to us." Longtime customer and business owner Gloria Kunkel remembers when people from out of town came to check out the store. "There's people coming all the way from down by the Milwaukee area. Older couples would come and spend the day here to do their shopping and then go down the street to do their checker turn and have their lunch," said Kunkel. "They'd spend the day here in town and visit other stores because they came here to shop and get their clothes for their special occasions." You still have a chance to get a good deal. Today was invite only for clients, but the store will be open to the public until it closes for good. The store hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Story By: Shardaa Gray

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