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Beardsley's, a clothing store in downtown Batavia for 71 years, will soon add to a growing list of empty storefronts in the city's once busy shopping district.

Timothy Thornton confirmed Wednesday that a going-out-of-business sale will be held and the store closed when its inventory is gone, probably by mid-December.

E.J. Beardsley opened his men's and boy's clothing store business to downtown Batavia in 1926. When he retired in 1964, he sold the business to three employees, including Eldoune A. Thornton Jr., whose sons Timothy and Dwight became partners in the business, which over the years had added women's apparel and professional sports teams' merchandise.

Last year, Newberry's, also a longtime downtown retailer, closed its doors. Three leading tenants in the Genesee Country Mall, across Main Street from Beardsley's, shut their doors in recent years.

Dwight Thornton left the family business earlier this year to become a real estate salesman. He will now be listing the store at 59 Main St. for sale. It was built in 1967 as part of the city's first Urban Renewal Project.

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