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  • By Lisa Brody

Longtime store closing

Long time fine menswear store Claymore Shop, 908 S. Adams Road in Birmingham, is hanging up its last blue blazer at Christmas. Owner JJ Benkert confirmed the closure, noting, “It’s very bittersweet. The lease is over, and with what’s going on now, we don’t what the next six months will bring. We’re closing the doors, but that doesn’t mean they can’t open again.” Benkert, whose late husband Bob Benkert opened the store 55 years ago at the age of 26, said the store still sells a lot of suits and sport coats. “People still want to look nice, and will again after COVID,” she said. She said she has loved being part of the shop for the last five years, with partner Al Skiba, since Bob passed away. “It’s all about relationships. Our employees are amazing, and all the wonderful customers. That’s what it’s all about for us small businesses in Birmingham.” She invites everyone to enjoy the special savings as they say goodbye, as well as to check out the antiques Bob accumulated over the years. Business Matters for the Birmingham - Bloomfield area are reported by Lisa Brody. Send items for consideration to Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.

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