With Owner’s Health Failing, Seattle’s Leroy Menswear Closes After 37 Years

by MR Magazine Staff

After 37 years in downtown Seattle, Leroy Menswear cleared its racks for the final time Saturday. The Seattle institution became known for its bright and flashy suits. Leroy Shumate bought the store in 1980, and built Leroy Menswear on his passion for selling suits. Shumate sold suits to a laundry list of famous entertainers, like Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac. But a year and a half ago, Shumate was diagnosed with lung cancer, which eventually spread to his brain. “He fought it until the last second he knew it was happening,” Leroy’s son Dion Shumate said. “It was an argument last week to make him not come to work, even though he can’t even get out of bed.” Dion and his sister, Summer, have been running the shop for the past couple weeks, but they decided to shut down for good Saturday. Read more at KOMO News.