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Kennett business closing after 61 years

Doyne Gatewood tries on one of his hats Doyne Gatewood tries on one of his hats

Kennett business closing after 61 years
By: Holly Brantley

KENNETT, Mo. - A business on Kennett's square prepares to close its doors. Doyne's Men's Wear served customers in Kennett since 1946. Folks call the store a Landmark.

For Doyne Gatewood, the store holds 50 years of memories. "It still seems like a home place cause we've been here for so long," said Doyne. "Back in the early years we had 16 or 18 clerks in this little old building."

Doyne Gatewood signed on to manage the store in 1946. In 1975 he took over operations. "Most of the time on Sunday morning it was two before I got home. That's how much business we had. You couldn't walk around the square."

"This store's always been our whole life," said Linda Gatewood. Gatewood is Doyne's daughter-in-law. She and her husband Tony have run things since 1884. "We raised out kids here," said Linda.

Recently Tony's health lead to the family's decision to close. They know the store will be missed. "It's wonderful when customers rally around you when you're in need," said Linda.

People in Kennett say the square won't be the same without Doyne's. Linda Gatewood says the store will likely be open until the end of May. It's uncertain what will happen to the building itself.

Doyne and Lorene Gatewood have been married 65 years. They've spent most of it in that store on the square in Kennett. They want to thank the Dunklin County community for making those years such happy ones.

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