So farewell then Jack Henry which first opened its doors in 1931 and is going to be closing, after 83 years, this September. Jack Henry hit its peak in the 1980s with stores in several malls, but has been in in a lingering decline and now the final hurrah has hit the one remaining store on 612 West 47th Street on the Plaza, which has been their base of operations since 2001.
Jack Henry would be considered as a very ‘English’ shop, based around tailoring in the Savile Row mould. While that would be seen as a boon in London, that is not the case here in Kansas City. As Spiro Arvanitakis, a partner in the company told the KC Star, “The traditional needs of business clothing have more than evolved; they’ve dramatically changed. Jack Henry doesn’t meet the current needs, which are more contemporary.”