The big news on East Passyunk Avenue as of late has been in regards to the big changes coming to A Man’s Image at 1709 E. Passyunk Ave. The long-standing retailer will be closing in this location, making way for Barcelona Wine Bar to open here.
After 60 years in business, including more than 20 years in this location, A Man’s Image owner Abe Mandel is in the process of clearing out inventory to vacate by the end of June.
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Thursday was the first day of half-off deals on almost everything in the store. Mandel needs to meet an end-of-June deadline to empty the space completely for a new restaurant moving in.
“We have to move goods out of here and fast,” Mandel said, overlooking the steady stream of customers. He knew most by their first names.
Mandel is used to having to move merchandise quickly to make room for new seasonal inventory, but this was different: This was to make way for his retirement after 60 years of selling men’s clothing.
Mandel still plans to pass off the business to three of his salesmen for them to operate in a smaller storefront than its current 4,400 sq. ft. space.