Calling it a "bittersweet" decision, Edward Tunick, the owner of a men's clothing store at the Noroton Heights Shopping Center for nearly four decades, has announced plans to retire and close the shop early next year.

Edward Tunick-Men's Clothier, which Tunick opened in 1976, will be closing in mid-January following a storewide sale to liquidate the entire inventory, including antiques, store displays and fixtures, Tunick said in a news release on his plans to retire.

He attributes the lengthy success of his business to "the desire of the town residents to shop locally. ... Hearing comments from your customers that they know and appreciate what you do for the community makes it all worthwhile."

One of the highlights of his 38 years in business, Tunick said, was his selection in 1991 as "Darien Business Person of the Year." When he received the call about the award, he first thought the caller had the wrong number. But, in fact, it was the right number, and Tunick said he was particularly glad that his parents were alive to see him receive the honor "as they were extremely proud."

Tunick said that over the course of his career in local business, he felt it was "important to give back to the community."

In addition to having served on the Kiwanis Club and Darien Chamber of Commerce boards, he has tried to support the various organizations and charities in Darien for their fundraisers, according to the news release. For the past 20 years, he has contributed to scholarships associated with Darien High School, giving back a portion of his tuxedo rentals from each prom season. In 2008, he established the Edward Tunick Business Scholarship, awarded annually to a graduating senior. The scholarship criteria was based on financial need, after-school work demonstrating a work ethic, community service and plans to pursue a career in business.

In November 2013, he was the named the recipient of the Darien Old-Timers Athletic Association's Community Civic Award.

Tunick grew up in Stamford, attended Rogers School and graduated from St. Luke's School in New Canaan. After four years of college in Boston and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he took his first retail job at a clothing store in Norwalk. In the following years, he worked at stores in Fort Lauderdale, Stamford and Westport. He also tried his hand at the manufacturing/wholesale side of the clothing business for Stanley Blacker in New York City.

But he returned to the retail side of the business, opening his first store in the upstate town of Avon in 1973, and after closing that shop, reopened in the Noroton Heights Shopping Center in Darien on Oct. 23, 1976, where the store has remained to this day.

He was married to his wife, Carol, in 1979.

In retirement, Tunick said he plans to pursue his interests in boating, golf and tennis. He is currently the tennis chairman at the Shore & Country Club in East Norwalk, and also plays on several of its league teams. For 20 years, he has traveled to New Braunfels, Texas, to play tennis with tennis legends such as John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, Roy Emerson, Cliff Drysdale, Fred Stolle and others.

For more information about Edward Tunick-Men's Clothier and the store's impending closure, contact Tunick at 203-655-1688 or visit www.edwardtunick.com.