Luskey’s first opened in 1919 as a dry-goods store in downtown Fort Worth. It was quickly changed to a western store when the original Luskey brothers noticed that while in the stockyards buying and selling cattle, cowboys often shopped for themselves.
Alan Luskey, co-owner of Luskey’s/Ryon’s Western Store, who will stay on as co-manager with his cousin Mike Luskey says, “It was a family decision, and we have been working with the Cavender’s for a long time.” Alan Luskey co-owns the store with his cousin and other relatives. He said the family approached Cavender’s about a possible acquisition 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.
“We are glad and proud to team up with the Luskey family. We look forward to adding a new concept western store to the Cavender stores, which will target the existing Luskey/Ryon’s customers as well as the downtown, tourist and local crowd. We are eager to get this new store open in the coming weeks,” says Joe Cavender.
The store is currently closed for some touch-ups but will re-open again soon and will include Cavender’s full line of jeans, shirts, felt and straw hats, fashion clothes, accessories and of course, a large assortment of boots.
“We are very excited about our new venture in the Fort Worth Stockyards. There is not a better cowboy town in the world. Collectively, our families have been in the western wear business for almost 150 years and we are glad to have Mike and Alan Luskey stay on and work with us on our new venture”, says Clay Cavender.