LL Bean flagship store close has rare closure as memorial is held for longtime leader

L.L. Bean's stores in the Maine town of Freeport are closed Sunday for the first time in nearly a half-century as a memorial service is held for the retailer's longtime leader.

The service for Leon Gorman was being held at a performing arts center in Westbrook. Burial will be private.

L.L. Bean's flagship store in Freeport, where the company was founded, is usually open around the clock.

It's been 48 years since the outdoors retailer has voluntarily closed stores there. It has happened only twice before, following the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Leon Leonwood Bean himself.

Gorman died earlier this month at the age of 80.