Hermiston Losing Legendary Men's Specialty Store

Countless patrons have walked through this door since 1973, but some of this western wear probably hasn't changed much since then.
Friday night will be the last Roemark's customers are welcomed in and It was evident Roe Gardner's decision to close his men's specialty store was a tough one.

"It's been a great ride and my wife and I thought about it for a long time, we love the people, but it's time," explained Gardner.

Roe and his wife, Marilyn, have owned and operated Roemark's the entire time the men's speciality store has been in Hermiston.
The store is the only one of its kind in town and customers are saddened to see it go.

"It's disappointing," said patron Jim Shepperd, "because it's a really nice place for men to shop, it's tragic for the town to lose this facility."

Roe explained, it won't be the clothes or the building that he will miss, instead it will be his faithful patrons.

"We have some great customers, some real loyal people that have been with us for 39 years, and we enjoy that," said Gardner.

As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end," and the same is true for this Hermiston legend.

"It's kind of like having kids, it's grown tremendously over the years so it means a lot to us, put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears," he said, "kind of hate to leave it, but it's the thing to do, it's time."

Roe expects retirement to give him more time to golf and travel. The shop will be closed until next Thursday when a liquidation sale will begin and everything left will be for sale. The store will close for good when it's all gone.