Cavender’s buys Luskey’s/Ryon’s store in Fort Worth Stockyards

Luskey's/Ryon's Western Store, an institution in the Fort Worth Stockyards, has been bought by Cavendar's and will close Friday.
Luskey's/Ryon's Western Store, an institution in the Fort Worth Stockyards, has been bought by Cavendar's and will close Friday.

Luskey’s, the popular western clothing store that has been a part of Fort Worth for nearly a century, has been sold to a larger competitor, Cavender’s.

The Luskey’s/Ryon’s Western Store at 2601 N. Main St. in the Stockyards will be closed Monday for renovations and then reopen a day or two later under the Cavender’s name. The remodeling will likely continue for several weeks.

“It was a family decision, and we have been working with them for a long time,” Alan Luskey, who co-owns the store with his cousin Mike Luskey and other relatives, said Friday. He said the family approached Cavender’s about a possible merger months ago, and negotiations have taken place since February.

“We’re not going anywhere,” Luskey said, adding that he and his cousin will remain as managers of the store, and current employees will keep their jobs.

The Luskey/Ryon’s store is famous for its variety of western wear — including cowboy hats, belt buckles, coats and boots. The store’s two-story building along a brick-lined portion of North Main Street includes a Western-themed mural the length of the structure, as well as a rooftop sign with a life-size statue of a horse.

The sale includes the closure of the adjacent Ryon’s Saddle Shop, known for its high-end saddles and ranch supplies. The Luskey family bought the Ryon’s location in 1982, and had operated the two businesses together as Luskey’s/Ryon’s.

The Luskey’s name has been a part of Fort Worth’s retail history for nearly 100 years. Family patriarch A. Luskey, a Russian immigrant, opened a general store in downtown Fort Worth in 1919.

At one point, the company ran stores in many other cities including Abilene, Amarillo, Midland and Odessa. The Fort Worth location is the family’s last store standing.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Cavender’s is a privately-owned company based in Tyler, with 72 stores including locations in Arlington, southwest Fort Worth and Hurst. The company also engages in a vibrant online business.

Cavender’s plans to bring in a large assortment of new boots, men’s and women’s clothes and other inventory, said Monica Rattay, Cavender’s vice president of store operations.

“We’re going to work hard to maintain the historic look of the outside of the building, but we will make some cosmetic touches to freshen it up,” she said. “And we will bring in tons of products.”

This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796, @gdickson