TROY, N.Y. — After 67 years in business, family-run men’s wear store Rodino’s is closing its doors.
Rodino’s, which sells tuxedos and men’s formalwear, saw business decline after the retirement of its resident tailor, Paulo Ritmo, two years ago, and could not compete with big box stores, according to the owner, Michael Rodino.
Rodino’s is selling all inventory at a discount, which includes tuxedos and accessories, as well as pants, shirts, ties, shoes and other formalwear. The official closing date of the shop has yet to be determined, as Rodino is trying to sell as much inventory as he can first.
“It depends what I end up with,” Rodino said. “We’ve thought of auctions, we’ve thought of other things, but right now we’ll see what happens from this exposure, and go from there.”
Rodino, 66, said the exposure was helping sales at the shop. “I’ve had some steady business the past few days and some purchases from it, so it did affect sales in a positive way; it’s just nothing yet in bulk.”
Rodino’s also carries a Retro Collection, which includes tuxedo jackets, ruffle shirts, velvet and satin vests, and vintage tuxedo shoes. Rodino sells the collection both in-store and on eBay, but is selling it at a more reduced price in the store itself.
“You could find it on eBay, but if you came in-house I could do better,” he explained.
Rodino’s was created as a tailor shop in 1948 by Michael Rodino’s father Joseph, 93, and later added tuxedo rentals and retail sales to the business. In the Sixties, Rodino opened Rodino’s Country Shop, a women’s clothing store which has since closed.