As it turns out, Greg Thomajan isn’t quite ready to call it quits.
When the 81-year-old haberdasher and proprietor of the Zareh menswear store announced in September that he was retiring , the faint sound of sobbing could be heard from corner offices throughout the Financial District. Thomajan had been at the helm of the 84-year-old store for 58 years, selling spendy suits to a client list most stores would covet.
But Thomajan has now put the power brokers at ease, saying both he and the store will remain in their One Liberty Square location, albeit under new ownership.
On Thursday, the store was acquired by Giblees , the 74-year-old high-end menswear shop in Danvers. It will operate under the name Zareh by Giblees. Thomajan, his tailor, and Skipper, his golden retriever, will continue to hold court in the store, though Thomajan says he’ll pare back his hours from 40 to just 25 a week.
Alan Gibeley, the third-generation owner of Giblees, said he plans to keep the Oxxford and Hickey Freeman suits that Thomajan has long stocked, while adding suits at lower price points that will attract a younger, up-and-coming clientele.
Gibeley said he’s honored to work alongside Thomajan, as his own father, Robert Gibeley, holds a similar work ethic and continues to come to the Danvers store most days at the age of 84.
“My father loves what he does as much as Greg does,” Gibeley said. “We’re thrilled to have [Thomajan] on board, and we hope he’ll work with us for many years.”
As for Thomajan, he says he’s delighted to keep doing what he loves most.
“There’s a saying: You’re a long time dead,” he said. “So I’m going to try and enjoy whatever . . . time I’ve got left.”Janelle Nanos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @janellenanos.