A locally owned clothing store that’s been a cornerstone of business in downtown Auburn for decades is closing in June.
Rottles Clothing and Shoes announced this week it is beginning a closeout sales after more than 75 years of doing business in that South King County city.
The store’s last day in business will be June 27. The store was founded in 1939 by Lebanese immigrant Aldo Rottle. When he retired in 1953, his son, Don, took over the business. Don Rottle retired in 1997 passing the leadership of the business to his sons, John and Jim. The two brothers, both 60, said they’ve decided to retire.
“The landscape for brick and mortar retail has changed dramatically over the past several years,” said John Rottle “The advent of internet commerce, big box discounters, and an overall relaxation of dress codes has taken its toll,” Rottle said. “Moreover, there is no succession plan in place as all of our children are grown and have embarked on other careers.”
The 15,000-square-foot store at 226 East Main St. will be available for lease or sale, the brothers said. The store has a staff of 15 full-time and part-time workers.
The store’s closure will leave a major vacancy in the midst of downtown Auburn which in recent years has seen the construction of new housing and restaurants in an attempt to bring new life to the city’s heart.