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Spector's clothing store closes after nearly 100 years in business

COLONIE -- It's the end of an era for Capital Region retail. Sunday was the last day Spector's will be open to the public before the doors shut for good.

"Everything doesn't last forever. That's my feeling on it. You try and move on from there and I gave my life to it and try to develop a new life," owner Robert Kayne says. 

Owner Robert Kayne is the third generation to run this store. It has been family owned since his grandparents opened up shop on South Pearl Street in 1917. They then moved to Central Avenue in Albany before moving to Colonie Center where they stand today. Robert showed us around his almost empty store, and says times have gotten tougher on small retailers like Spectors.

"It was a fun business in the past to be a part of. Then the last 10, 12 years it's been a very difficult business. It's not the fun. it wasn't as much fun anymore," he says. 

"There's not many clothing stores left now a days, there's hardly any. No one to the extent that would dominate the industry like we did for so many years like we did, until the big box stores have come in and now they dominate more than we do," he adds. 

He says in recent years business has just been too tough. Also, he tells us he had no younger interest in his family to take on the task of running it. But despite having to close up after nearly 100 years of dressing the Capital District, he's ready to retire knowing he was a part of history.

"97 years is a pretty good legacy so thank you very much."
 
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