Edward Alan Big & Tall to Close Plainview Store, Sell its Inventory to Focus in Flagship Store in Commack

October 25, 2013

PLAINVIEW, N.Y. – The decision to consolidate their business under one roof has prompted the owners of Edward Alan Big & Tall to announce the closing of their Plainview location after 17 years, co-owner Edward Schlosser said today.

“This was not an easy decision for us,” said Schlosser, who is in business with his brother, Alan. “It’s been a good 17 years. We have a lot of wonderful customers. But, the realities of positioning our company for the years ahead and dedicate the necessary resources to our Commack location required us to make this difficult choice.”

The store’s inventory sale opens to the public on Thursday. Edward Alan Big & Tall, located at 343A South Oyster Bay Road in the Plainview Centre, will be open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday during the sale

This isn’t the first time the second-generation business has evolved over its 63-year history to keep pace with consumer demands and changing economic conditions. The Schlossers’ father opened shop as an Army-Navy store before moving into the sporting goods business. The business then transitioned from regular clothing to the big and tall niche about three decades ago

“Service and selection are key in big and tall. We’re very service oriented and always have been,” Schlosser said. “When we say we’re old-fashioned retailers, we mean it. We understand our customers and their needs.”

He indicated one factor in the decision to consolidate the business at the Commack store, which is about 25 minutes from the Plainview location, is that it has been open longer.

“Our decision is certainly not unique. You’re seeing it happen with independent men’s clothing stores all across the country, but that doesn’t make it any easier,” Schlosser said. “Our customers rely on us and especially our Plainview store manager, Don Blumberg. He’s been our main person here the entire time we’ve been open and has those close relationships with so many people. They’re not only friends, they’re like family. It’s always fun to come to work when you have people you enjoy being around. That’s been the highlight of being in Plainview all these years and that’s what makes it hard to leave.”

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Art Imig to Retire After 48 Years as Local Men’s Clothier, To Sell Kohler Store to Fond du Lac Businessmen

October 7, 2013

KOHLER, Wis. – After working 48 years at the men’s clothing business founded by his grandfather in 1909, Art Imig recently decided it was time to do something different. The only question was whether the right person or people could be found to take over the Art Imig’s store at the Shops of Woodlake.

Imig found his answer with two Fond du Lac businessmen, Ric and Jake Toman, a father-son team who own DDT Clothing, which specializes in retail promotions and other milestone sales events. The Tomans came in to assist with a store closing sale and opted instead to buy the business.

“My brother, Bob, and I had been talking about my exit strategy. We worked with Ric and Jake in 2009 for our 100th anniversary sale and we’ve stayed in touch. We had several stores from surrounding states contact us, but things just didn’t sit right. When we decided to do the retirement sale, I kiddingly dropped it on them, ‘You guys should think about buying the store’ and Jake said, ‘I’ll let you know tomorrow.’

“Things really fell into place from there,” said Imig, who also owns a dry cleaning store in Sheboygan with his brother, Bob. “Ric and Jake are two of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and to find a father and son who are interested in carrying on a 104-year-old tradition and have the passion for menswear as we do is really exciting.”

The Tomans have purchased Art Imig’s Clothing. Art Imig’s, Inc., which owns and operates a dry cleaning, laundering and tailoring business will continue to be under Art Imig. Bob Imig will remain with Art Imig Clothing, handling day-to-day operations. “He’s really looking forward to carrying on the family name,” Art Imig added.

To mark the occasion, the Imigs and Tomans decided to go forward with the retirement sale in Art’s honor at their Kohler store, 795D Woodlake Road. It is open to the public starting Thursday.

Imig, 70, started working in the family business in 1965 after graduating from Beloit College. “Working with my grandfather, dad, family and a great team of employees has been very rewarding. Anyone in business as long as we have had to do a few things right along the way,” Imig said. “I have four children and nine grandchildren. It’s about time I start spending more time with my grandkids and traveling, which my wife and I love to do.”

The Art Imig’s store at the Shops at Woodlake Kohler opened in March 1987 and has seen some of the biggest names in business, politics and sports thanks to the four championship golf courses at The American Club Resort. Imig said Jake Toman will take on a leading role at the business.

He emphasized there will be no other changes in staffing or store operations. In fact, Imig is going forward with the mid-October food and wine weekend that has featured chefs and wine experts from across the country and drawn guests from all surrounding states.

“Our goal for 104 years has been to deliver quality merchandise and service. These fellows exemplify that spirit and have the characteristics we’ve always had in our family,” Imig said. “They’re very open and honest. They appreciate people. And, they’ll continue what we stand for. It’s great for the city, the Shops at Woodlake, our family and the Toman family.”

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