Here's the text of the article by Mark Ellis, Staff Writer (below).
Lorain Was First in Chain
Kline's Department Store To Close After 62 Years
By MARK ELLIS
KLINE'S DEPARTMENT store, a downtown Lorain business landmark since 1913, will close its doors in 90 days.
Kline's managment announced the decision yesterday to 34 employes.
The Lorain store was the first in a national chain which now includes 25 stores based in New York City.
Kline's assistant manager, Brian Sekardi, said the store is closing "because we incurred too many losses."
Ever since the Mall opened, we haven't been able to recover. We haven't been able to generate the traffic. We hoped to be able to recover (from the Mall's opening) in two years. It's been nine years.
"The store's sentimental to us. It's the very first our chain had. We've discussed closing it numerous times. We didn't want to close this store."
SEKARDI SAID Kline's management is trying to place employes in other stores in the area.
"We had an unusual amount of longevity here. I've got nine girls who have been here 10 years or longer. We have a loyal employe structure."
Sekardi said there will be no "big give - away sales" at the 610 Broadway store in its last days.
The store was opened here by Jacob and George Kline. It enjoyed success under the 37 year direction of civic leader B.B. Weintraub who left in 1963. Charles Coulson ran the store from 1963 until July, 1974 when Paul Schlobohn took over. He was unavailable for comment today.
The store underwent a major remodeling in 1963.