INVERCARGILL’S McKenzie Menswear will be closing shop when the lease expires on February 28.
Current owners Peter and Marilyn McBurney have spent 55 years in the menswear trade and will be retiring.
The store at 99 Dee St had been a menswear shop for more than a century, and the McBurney family have also worked in menswear for generations.
Mr McBurney’s great grandfather, George McBurney, started a bespoke tailor shop in Cambridge Place Arcade in 1938 and was later joined by his son Alex McBurney in 1945.
Alex McBurney moved the business to 58 Tay St in 1952 and his son, Peter McBurney, joined him in 1963.
“As the third generation, I inherited the background of menswear retail, always enjoying the changes that came with it,” he said.
The most memorable of these changes was the introduction of flared trousers and check pants in the late 1960’s-70’s.
“Shirts also changed to various colours from white, and hired suits went from being only black – now they have patterns and colours too.”
The McBurneys opened a second store called South City Menswear in South City Mall in 1985, but after five years moved back to Tay St, then eventually relocated and merged with McKenzie Menswear in Dee St.
In 1997, Peter purchased McKenzie Menswear from the late Owen Gerrard with Bruce Collins as partner.
Mr Collins was bought out and the McBurneys had run the shop ever since, along with Roger Larsen who had been with them seven years.
Peter’s McBurney’s grandson, Logan McIntyre (16), had also worked at the store after school and during school holidays as a sales assistant.
Mr McBurney said he would miss the people most.
“I want to thank our many loyal customers and friends we have made over the years.”
Mr McBurney said he also wished the newly-formed HWCP Management Ltd (a joint venture between the Invercargill City Council and H.W. Richardson Group Ltd) all the best for their planned redevelopment of the inner city.
“I wish I was younger, I’m quite excited and congratulate them on what they’re doing, it can only be good for the city.”
McKenzie Menswear’s closing down sale started on January 25.