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Jack Henry Building near the Plaza has new owners, one tenant starts closing sale

The owners of Byron menswear are having a closing sale. They’ve sold the building, known as the Jack Henry Building, by the Plaza.
The owners of Byron menswear are having a closing sale. They’ve sold the building, known as the Jack Henry Building, by the Plaza. jsmith@kcstar.com

The owners of Byron on the Plaza have sold their multi-tenant building and will shut down the menswear shop at the end of the year.

A closing sale will start at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 with items up to 75 percent off.

Brothers Spiro, Jerry and George Arvanitakis own the store and the 80,000-square-foot building at 612 W. 47th St.



Their father, Peter, got started in the menswear business as a custom tailor for the famed Jack Henry Clothing company and then went out on his own in 1963. He later formed Peters Clothiers with his sons. The family also acquired the decades-old Jack Henry Clothing, which operated at 612 W. 47th St. They changed it to Byron on the Plaza in mid-2014.

Now the three brothers plan to bring back Peters Clothiers in a south Kansas City strip center. They closed on the 9,072-square-foot Santa Fe Hollow, at 123rd and State Line Road, on Friday. They will remodel about half of the center for Peters Clothiers. It should open by spring but they will continue to remodel and expand the space for a grand opening in later 2019.

Their Plaza building, known as the Jack Henry Building, is spread over three floors and a basement and has a multilevel parking garage. Several tenants currently operate in the building including Tomfooleries Restaurant & Bar and a FedEx office. The purchase price was not disclosed and the new owners couldn’t be reached for comment.

“People have been offering a substantial sum for the building for years, and that’s part of it. Part of it is wanting to be close to our customer base,” said Spiro Arvanitakis. “It feels good to bring back Peters Clothiers. The store that started it all for our family.”

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