NEW YORK — After nearly 110 years, Swezey’s Department Stores is closing its doors.

Executives at the chain of five stores, all on Long Island, called it quits at the end of last week and expect to end operations by November. Founded in 1894 in Patchogue, the chain does about $27 million in sales annually. About 250 full-time workers and 400 part-timers will lose their jobs. Employees are expected to receive severance of one week’s salary for each year of service.

William Knapp, president, could not be reached for comment.

Bob Carbonell, Bernard Sands’ vice president and director of credit, observed, “Swezey’s has been a very good account for suppliers to deal with over the years. The firm always paid its bills. In bad times perhaps it paid a little slow, but Swezey’s never abused the trade. It is a shame to see another old-line family department store go away.”

Swezey’s, which had only recently discontinued the selling of furniture, on Friday began discounting its merchandise at between 10 and 50 percent off, hoping to liquidate its stocks within 60 days. The company also owns the real estate at three locations, including the 110,000-square-foot flagship at 225 W. Main Street in Patchogue.

The chain survived the Great Depression, several recessions, two fires and the postwar proliferation of regional shopping centers. However, as executives noted in local press reports, it found itself unable to compete profitably with the recent growth of big-box discounters, outlet centers and national chains such as Kohl’s.

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