Jack Henry

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.”

Jack Henry, a native of Liberty, started his store on the Plaza in 1931, originally selling just hats and accessories. The store moved around the Plaza several times before being bought by the Avranitakis brothers in 1995 – whose father had worked at Jack Henry after emigrating from Greece to KC – and settled at its current and final location in 2001.
It will be a sad day in September when Jack Henry closes, not just for the 25 jobs that will go with it, but also because the Plaza will lose just a little bit of its sophisticated polish and old school charm which, while perhaps being unfashionable, is necessary in the world of high end clothing. KC will be lesser for its closing and we wish the Avranitakis family all the best in their future endeavours.

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