ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/FOX 24) – “Be Our Change is our positive, inspirational segment. This time, a bittersweet story. An Odessa business is closing after almost 50 years in business.
Jim’s Tall and Big Men has been in business first opened in August of 1973. “My father was six foot six was an international oilfield construction worker, and found it difficult to find clothes. He got kind of tired of working all around the world with a family, and he decided one day, to put a business downtown for shirts with guys his size,” said David Simpson, Jim’s Tall and Big Men Owner.
Simpson started working at the store at the young age of six. “It’s almost been a sense of identity. I can remember being the only little kid in junior high who walked around with business cards in his pocket to give to teachers and other adults to come in and see my family business,” said Simpson.
But now, he’s nearing retirement and ending a long legacy in downtown Odessa. He will close his doors one last time on October 31st. Simpson said, “It was always more about the people who came in. Then, about actually selling clothes.”
His next chapter includes giving back even more to our community. Simpson is the incoming President of the United Way for 2021.