PORTLAND (AP) – Levinsky’s clothing store, one of Portland’s best-known retail institutions, is shutting its doors because of the sluggish economy and poor sales.

Levinsky’s has been a fixture in Portland since 1919, when founder Jacob Levinsky opened his first store on Congress Street near the base of Munjoy Hill.

Owner Eric Levinsky, the grandson of Jacob Levinsky, said the store, which moved from its original location to a downtown site six years ago, will have a final close-out sale before closing in late May.

Levinsky said his other store, in the Windham Mall, will remain open.

“We have had a proud, 84-year history in Portland, but the reality is we have not been profitable at the Portland store, especially in this economy,” Levinsky said.

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