Emma Anchor Closing

Ryan’s Calling It Quits After Decades in City

Posted: July 13, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Max Ryan, left, turns to assist customers Friday at the register of his store, Ryan’s, at the corner Emma Avenue and Spring Street in Springdale. The retailer is retiring and closing the store by September after selling off the inventory.

Lines of people with arms full of clothes waited patiently to pay at Ryan’s Clothing store Friday. Word had spread quickly the longtime Emma Avenue business is closing.

At A Glance

Ryan’s History

In 1941, Troy Ryan opened Rowland’s clothing store as manager. Troy continued as manager until 1966, except for a few years when he served in the military during World War II. He bought out a partner in 1966 and changed the name to Ryan’s. Troy’s sons, Max and Bob, worked in the store. The business expanded three times, once taking over an old Ben Franklin’s store after Sam Walton moved it away from downtown. Troy Ryan died in March.

Source: Max Ryan and Shiloh Museum

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So Webb do you know something we don't know. How do you know it won't be vacant for long. This Chamber sit's on it's A$$ and does nothing to improve downtown, but webb always has something to say. The city would be better off to use the considerable amount of money they give to webb and his fellow partiers for something to improve the town, instead of wasting it on this fake bunch. It doesn't matter how much money you throw at Emma Av. it will always be as it is now. The only way to cause a major change is to change the entire concept of the area. It has been done in other cities to great success. The problem is that Springdale is still ran and most likely will always be ran by the same old political machine, faces change but their thinking is the same. They need to remove the redneck and bible thumping from their thinking and be progressive, yes and maybe even liberal in their ideas. Sad to say this will most likely not happen. The supposed leaders like sprouse, webb, city council, planning department director are in the own little world busily patting each other on the back and telling each other how great and wonderfull they are, while the real problems in the city are forgotten.

If the powers to be want to make a real change to the downtown area then they need to sell it to the people that will use it, not ram it down their throats. The downtown area can be economically viable and a attraction with the right kinds of things that will draw people in from the city and the area cities. Other cities have figured it out, but not the bunch who rules in Springdale. These cities have taken the areas such as downtown Springdale and turned them into entertainment districts. These areas are booming and more and more venues are being added all the time.

The appeal is there, the interest is there, the taxes generated would be significant and Springdale would finally have something other than baseball and chickens to brag about. The problem is that sprouse has made it very clear that he condemns the use of alcohol which is the same as condemning those who use it. More than likely sprouse feels the same way about dancing, so forget about him. As for webb and his cronies they love to party as long as someone else is picking up the tab.

Springdale has been wondering without any real leadership for a long time, the likes of sprouse, webb, and others will never change so it is up to the people to get things done. Don't let this bunch waste huge amounts of your money on something that will only benefit a few and fulfill their narrow minded self interest.


Posted by: rummy

July 13, 2013 at 7:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

That was well written Omk. Springdale will not get going for years to come if the plan they are laying out works. Perry Webb needs to go. That would be a start.

Posted by: troutjig

July 13, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I see a Mexican burrito joint moving in there.

Posted by: JailBird

July 13, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I still have a pair of overalls I bought at Ryan's 30 yrs ago. Still have a straw hat from Ryan's about 25 yrs ago and my newer Ryan's hat from 5 yrs ago, made in America from bamboo.
Great people, good store. Sorry they couldn't find a buyer. Now there will be zero places to have anything gift-wrapped in Chickenopolis.

Get used to Webb. He's been selling the sizzle so long he's forgotten what a steak looks like.
Where's the beef?

Posted by: cdawg

July 13, 2013 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

They will wrap your burrito for you.

Posted by: JailBird

July 13, 2013 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

how many times has doug sprouse talked about all the plans and such they are working on? how good things are coming? what the hell are they? when will it happen? he's done nothing. face it, the harber meadows and cross church mafia don't give a flip about emma and downtown. it will continue its' slow death.

Posted by: MartinBalsam

July 14, 2013 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The earth has been scorched and old Emma is gone. There is a clean slate to start redefining downtown Springdale. But the old guard will only bring more of the same old, ineffective ideas. New leadership is required. Will the people of Springdale deliver?

Posted by: TheHunter

July 14, 2013 at 7:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )