A going-out-of-business sign just went up on the northeast corner of Third and Market Streets in Old City, home for 48 years of Shirt Corner, the discount haberdasher with a garish, American flag-style-billboard facade.
It's one of the last of the old-time dry-goods retailers on the stretch of Market Street between Front and Fifth, now dominated by restaurants, clubs and electronics stores. "We are the neighborhood," said owner Marvin Ginsberg, who said he was leaving because he's 77 years old and not because of the economy.
Ginsberg said he was selling off inventory and had no firm date for closing. He said he'd eventually sell the building.
Shirt Corner's closing won't be the end of an era. Tie Corner, which his brother Jerry owns on the opposite corner, doesn't seem to be going anywhere.