Simon and Sons, a 108-year-old men's and boy's clothing store, will move from its Newton storefront home of the past 20 years to a more spacious spot in Needham this summer, said owner Paul Simon.
The shop, currently located on Needham Street in Newton, will be taking the 5,100 square foot space currently housing Party Works on Highland Avenue in Needham. The owners of the party shop recently announced that they will retire and close the store at the end of May.
But for Simon and Sons owner Paul Simon, the move proves a big win for the clothier shop started by his grandfather in 1905 on the streets of Back Bay.
"We're really excited about the Needham location," Simon said over the phone Monday. "It's only a mile down the road from our current location, but we feel it's easier to access for our customers. It's only 200 yards to highway, there's easier parking, and the new store is bigger. Plus, there isn't the congestion of Needham Street."
Simon said he plans to begin renovations at the new Highland Avenue location in June, and will move to the new location - ambitiously, without closing his shop for even one day - in mid-August.
"We’re going to move overnight," he said, laughing. "We’ll close early, roll everything down the street on rolling racks, rent some trucks, and be ready the next day for business."
Simon, who is the third generation running the store, said he is the only one in his family left in the business.
"My father and uncles have gotten older and have chosen to retire," he said. "They're past their working years."
And when asked if Simon's own children - two high-school aged kids - would take over the business in the years to come, he laughed again.
"They come in and help in the store when we need them, but I don’t know," he said. "It's too early to tell if they’ll take over."
For more information on Simon and Sons, visit their website.
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