There has been a Harry Mayer in the clothing business on Meridian's Fifth Street for 65 years. But that will be changing. Harry Mayer, Jr. has sold his building to Gaines Crawford of Corrigan Travel Agency, located next door.
"Gaines wants to break this building up into several different businesses and develop the top two floor," said Mayer.
Crawford says he will probably rent the first floor for retail but convert the two upper floors to apartments or condos.
Mayer will build his new store outside of downtown.
"The opportunity arose and we want to kind of grow our market share in the community and we figure a little more visible location with a little higher traffic count would seem to help us in that respect," Mayer said. "We're looking real forward to it. Now we're going to be here for a year, but a year from now we hope to move to a new location on Highway 39 North."
That location is at 33rd Street across from Johnson Toyota. Crawford and Bill Ready, Jr., own the building next door but that will be unaffected by the acquisition of the Harry Mayer building.
Mayer concedes there is emotion involved with this sale. He says his father worked for 34 years for the former building owner, Alex Loeb, before going into business for himself at the corner of Fifth Street and 22nd Avenue in 1972.
His dad bought the Loeb building in 1984 and restored it.
"This was not an easy decision to come to, but you know, different times dictate different things," said Mayer.