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George Gibson’s Menswear Closes, Seeks Buyer

George Gibson’s Menswear—Athens’ go-to spot for snazzy gameday gear, office attire and fraternity formalwear—is closing after 49 years. Owner Thomas Hinson, who took over the store in 2008, cited the recession and a trend toward more casual dress.

But all is not lost for fans of red blazers and seersucker pants with Bulldog logos on them. The Gibson family says it is seeking a buyer who will reopen the store. Here’s a statement from the family:

The Gibson family believes there is still a place and an opportunity for high quality menswear retailers in Athens and Northeast Georgia. The estate will seek a buyer for the store – including its 49-year-old brand name, existing inventory, and furniture, fixtures and equipment – in the next few weeks. The goal will be to find a buyer who will embrace the store’s legacy while considering the tastes and buying habits of a new generation. Please visit our Facebook page for periodic updates on this process. Existing customers awaiting alterations or other needs can call (706) 548-4663 and make an appointment with Patrick or Jim.

If you have good taste, some money lying around and a desire to take over a community fixture, call Kevin Lang at the law firm Fortson, Bentley & Griffith at 706-548-1151 or email