No other businesses in Selbyville can claim they’ve stood through what Scotty’s Menswear has seen. And, unfortunately, the four-generation family-owned clothing store that has tailored generations in the area will soon be a thing of the past.
Resting at the corner of Main and Church streets, Scotty’s was founded in 1923 by C. L. McCabe and has thrived as a staple of tradition and custom for countless patrons. It is run today by McCabe’s great-grandson, Bruce Scott, who said he’s disappointed that it has come to this.
“The reason we’re closing is because of the lack of business,” admitted Scott, who has been working at the establishment for 37 years. “We’ve been seeing [a decline] over a long period of time; every year, it gets less and less.”
Scotty’s carries every type of traditional menswear, from work to dress to casual; suits and jackets to shoes and jeans.
“Most of our stuff is geared toward middle- and older-age men,” said Scott. “Between people [passing away] and people leaving the area, our role has been getting smaller and smaller. The next generation doesn’t want these types of clothes.”
Employee Josh Stevens began working at Scotty’s for Bruce Scott’s father, Roland, 55 years ago. “It’s a shame to see the place go,” Stevens said.
The staff aren’t the only ones upset to see the store go out of business. “We have customers who have been coming in here for a long, long time,” said Scott.
Thoughts are the same for Selbyville Town Manager Gary Taylor, who said Scotty’s has become a fixture in the town. “I haven’t been here as long as some people have,” said Taylor, “but it can really make you sad to go by and see the ‘Going out of business’ sign in the window.”
There is no set closing date for Scotty’s, but Bruce Scott said he is trying to work through the remaining inventory as best as he can. He added that he plans to continue working elsewhere. As for the store, he said he wants to rent the property, though there is no word yet on what will take its place.
“You really hate for something like this to happen,” said Taylor. “He’s a young guy, and it’s a family business.” Taylor added that he fears it might foreshadow things to come for small towns such as Selbyville.
“People want to go to the outlets in Rehoboth or Ocean City to do their shopping,” he said. “It seems like all the big companies are taking business away from these places that have been around for so long. Scotty’s will be greatly missed, and we wish the best of luck to everyone who’s made it what it was.”