A Man’s Image is looking to close its large storefront at 1709 E. Passyunk Ave.
The menswear store, an East Passyunk Ave. staple since 1980, is looking to downsize now that owner Abe Mandel is 74 years old and ready to pass on the business.
This means that the 4,400 sq. ft. property is up for grabs as Mandel searches for a new tenant.
Once Mandel finds a new tenant, he plans to relocate A Man’s Image to a smaller East Passyunk Ave. storefront and then pass on the business to three of his salesman to own and operate.
More on the plans for A Man’s Image from the Inquirer:
Mandel will finance their start, he said, and do their buying as long as they pay his travel expenses for multiple yearly forays to Atlanta, Manhattan, and Las Vegas, and eventually reimburse him for the start-up merchandise.
“After one year, they take over,” he said. “The lease will still be in my name, mainly so they can get used to each other.”
Not that the soon-to-be owners – Louis Zulli, 58, and Bob Taylor, 43, both of South Philadelphia, and Mario Maldonado, 57, of Audubon – are strangers. Zulli and Taylor have worked for Mandel 31 years and 28 years, Maldonado for 19.
This isn’t the only news happening at 12th and Passyunk. Bing Bing Dim Sum is opening soon, $300k could be spent on pedestrian improvements, the hole in the ground for the former Scarduzio project is still undeveloped, and then there’s the Interior Concepts building which is no longer on the market and three more buildings for sale in the area. Once all of these improvements come through, this intersection could be almost unrecognizable.
What would you like to see move into this prime space on the avenue?