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Karlton's Clothiers and Tailors closing after more than 50 years in business

Karlton's Clothiers and Tailors closing after more than 50 years in business

After more than 50 years in business Karlton's Clothiers and Tailors on 4th Street will be closing their doors.

Karltons will be holding a closeout sale next Thursday November 16th.

The reason for closing is that the owners Kim and Kal Kletsche are ready to retire and they do not have any family members that would like to take over the business.

Here is a bit of history about Karlton's.

Chicago native Karlton Kletsche first came to town on a baseball scholarship from Morningside College. In his spare time he took a job at Mikkelsons Men's store.

It was there he caught the high end fashion bug and decided to branch out on his own.

In 1972 construction of the new public library forced a move to the location where Karlton's currently sits on 4th street.

Eventually brothers Kim and Kal Kletsche continued the family tradition.

Karlton's employed two full time tailors who have been working at Karlton's for 32 years. One of the tailors Pete Bovis came to the United States from Greece.

John Yaneff has been a salesman at the store for 33 years and says Sioux City will miss the store as much as he will.

"There's not going to be the quality, there's not going to be sales people that really care, it's going to be serve yourself. They won't know it till were closed but this town is going to miss Karlton's big time." said Yaneff.

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