NEW YORK — Milton Lewis, president of the defunct William A. Lewis Clothing Co., a Chicago-based women’s apparel retailer, died Nov. 13 at the NorthwesternMemorial Hospital. He was 89.

The cause of death was heart failure, according to his son, Dan Lewis.

The store opened in 1910 in Chicago’s South Side. Lewis went to work full time for the family-owned business after graduating from high school. Along with his two brothers, he was instrumental in the company evolving regionally, including opening a store in Milwaukee.

With the emergence of national chains during the late 1980s, customer traffic for neighborhood retailers declined. After suffering a heart attack in 1990, Lewis decided to close the business the following year.

In addition to son Dan, Lewis is also survived by another son, Timothy; a daughter, April Burke; a brother, Norman; and four grandchildren.

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