NEWBURYPORT — T.J. Conte is the kind of customer that most clothing store owners can only dream about — he liked the products so much that he bought the business.
Conte and Lisa C. Burke, his partner, recently bought John Farley Clothiers, the high-end men’s apparel store on Water Street that had announced it was going out of business in late August.
The Conte-Burke team will move the enterprise to space formerly occupied by Chase and Lunt Insurance at 47 State St.
The new store will be called Farley’s of Newburyport, and will continue to sell fine men’s clothing. The new venue is 3,700 square feet.
“I’ve shopped here for 10 to 15 years, and always loved coming into the store,” said Conte, who with Burke will open the new venture on Oct. 1. “When I learned that Farley’s was closing, I felt badly.
“Lisa and I talked about doing something with Farley’s and then we met with John and Linda (Allison, owners of the store). Our discussions moved quickly, and before we knew it, we had a signed agreement.”
Conte has no experience in apparel; he is an owner of funeral homes in Newburyport, Andover, North Andover and Georgetown. Locally, he owns Twomey-LeBlanc and Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St.
Burke has retail experience as a manager with building supply and liquor sales in Georgetown.
Conte said that his skills in the funeral business will be helpful in his new field of apparel sales.
“Building personal relationships is important,” he said. “We hope to keep many of Farley’s current customers and expand our base of buyers in the future.”
The passing of ownership will mean the end of an era for John and Linda Allison, owners of John Farley Clothiers. (Farley is John’s middle name).