Paterson Men’s Shop Closing After 80 Years Downtown

by MR Magazine Staff

On Oct. 15, Rosenthal’s store, which has outfitted the sharp-dressed men of Paterson for 80 years, will become another Main Street memory. Rosenthal, who turns 74 on Sunday, is retiring and closing the store that his father, Milton, opened in 1936. The closing not only means Main Street is losing what could be its longest surviving retail store, but it also ends four generations of Paterson entrepreneurship by members of Rosenthal’s family, stretching back to the 1880s, when his great-grandfather owned a weaving mill in the city. “I’ve outlasted all the stores that were here from the 30s, the 40s, the 50s and the 60s — all the family-owned stores,” Rosenthal said. “I’ve outlasted them all, but there comes a time. I keep telling people I know how many days are behind me. I just don’t know how many I have in front of me,” he said. “I tell them I’d rather walk out of here than be carried out.” Read more at North Jersey News.