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Iconic Texas store beloved by Drake abruptly closes after two decades

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Drake is seen wearing a tasseled coat inside the Houston location, which opened in 2004.

Pinto Ranch, a popular Texas retailer selling stylish cowboy hats and boots, abruptly closed three locations after 20 years.

The upscale Western clothing store put a sign on the door of its Houston location last week that read, “This store is closed until further notice.”

Pinto Ranch, which has been frequented by rapper Drake and singer-actress Letoya Luckett, also has locations in Dallas and Houston’s George Bush Airport, both of which are also closed. ABC13 reported.

Even stranger, the Houston location on Post Oak Blvd is still fully stocked, the shelves overflowing with clothing and the mannequins still adorned.

Pinto Ranch owner Guido Caranti was unclear about his plans for the business and was hesitant to close it permanently.

Drake is seen wearing a tasseled coat inside the Houston location, which opened in 2004.

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This Pinto Ranch location is one of three in Texas. It is located on Post Oak Blvd in Houston and has been visited by rapper Drake.

“We’re looking into that,” he said. “This is not the time to talk about this with journalists.”

The unexpected closure occurs after the company Announced 25 percent off sitewide on June 7.

Customers who recently purchased clothing left comments on the store’s Instagram complaining about canceled orders, to which the Pinto Ranch account did not respond.

“I’m trying to exchange some cowboy boots because they are too small and I’m not getting a response after several attempts,” one person wrote.

“Calls and emails have been ineffective.”

Pinto Ranch’s website is still up and makes it look like the retailer is still open for business.

Nowhere on the site is there any mention of the closure of the three locations. But if a customer tries to place an order, a pop-up appears saying, “This store cannot accept payments at this time.”

Several people showed up at the Houston location on Monday, only to find the door closed and the interior dark. They told ABC13 there is no store like Pinto Ranch and said they are hopeful this won’t be the end.

The Houston flagship store opened in February 2004, and three years later, Dallas got its own location.

For more than 20 years, Pinto Ranch has sold western clothing, including handmade cowboy hats and boots for men and women.

Drake boosted the store’s visibility last year with a surprise visit in December where he tried on a brown jacket with no shortage of tassels.

A handwritten sign alerts customers that the Houston Pinto Ranch is closed until 'further notice'

A handwritten sign alerts customers that the Houston Pinto Ranch is closed until ‘further notice’

Pictured: The interior of the Post Oak Blvd store, still fully stocked.

Pictured: The interior of the Post Oak Blvd store, still fully stocked.

Pinto Ranch appears to be one more victim of the nearly 2,600 store closings so far in 2024.

In recent weeks, Walmart has closed three more of its underperforming locations, while Rite Aid is laying off another 27 pharmacies.

Dollar stores appear to be the hardest hit of all, as 99 Cents Only announced in April that it would close its 371 locations in California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.

Likewise, 1,000 Family Dollars and Dollar Trees will close permanently in the coming years.

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