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Al Longmire has been cutting hair in Tucson since 1959. The 78-year-old is closing shop at his barber shop on Grant and 1st but isn't hanging up his clippers just yet.
TUCSON, Ariz. - A longtime barber shop in Midtown is closing its doors. But the owner, who has been cutting hair for almost 60 years, isn't going far.
Al's Barber Shop was full of people on Saturday trying to get one last haircut from Al.
Al Longmire has had quite the career as a barber. He's been cutting hair in Tucson since 1959. That's a lot of haircuts.
"As long as I've been cutting, I'm pretty sure that I've gotten over a million," Al said.
Saturday, Al gave some of his final haircuts at the shop that bears his name. After 30 years at Grant and 1st Avenue, the 78-year-old is closing shop.
Samuel Newsome is a regular. He came by to sit in Al's chair one last time.
"I don't want to go to another place other than to stay with him," Newsome said. "I love him. And he's doing a wonderful job for the community."
All day, people came in to say good-bye. But he's not hanging up his clippers. Soon, he'll be cutting hair at Tommie's Barber and Beauty on Speedway and Country Club.
While he's going to take it easy, Al wants to cut hair for a few more years.
"Maybe til I'm about 85," Al said. "That's pretty old, huh?"
Al tells KGUN9 the plan was to close on Saturday before Tommie's opens on Tuesday. But, due to delays with opening Tommie's, Al's Barber Shop may be open another couple of days.