- The Washington Times - Monday, January 1, 2007

CHICAGO (AP) A historic Chicago barbershop where Muhammad Ali used to get his hair cut and Sen. Barack Obama goes for weekly trims is moving after the building it’s in was sold.

The Hyde Park Hair Salon is moving after about 80 years in business under different names and owners, said owner Abdul Karim Shakir.

But unlike in the movie “Barbershop” in which a Chicago barbershop owner fights shady developers to save his business the sellers in this case, the University of Chicago, have promised to help move the salon to a new location, possibly just a few blocks away.

The university is selling the building for $2.3 million to a development company, which plans to lease space to local and national stores and restaurants, according to the university.

“My heart just bleeds,” said Leroy Cain, the salon’s former owner. “I hate to see that shop move out of that building, period.”

James Spiller, 41, stopped in last week for his regular cut. He said he enjoys the shop’s lively conversations about sports and social issues. “There are certain conversations you can only have in a barbershop,” said Mr. Spiller.

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