RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — CBS North Carolina first introduced you to Maura Horton a few years ago.
She had just invented Magnaready technology that allowed shirts to close magnetically.
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In the years since then, Magnaready has taken off.
Now, for the first time the shirts can be purchased in a local retail store under a new name.
Magna Click shirts are the result of a partnership with apparel manufacturer Van Heusen.
Several Belk stores are now selling them, including the Belk at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.
They look like any other men’s dress shirts, but Magna Click shirts fasten much differently.
Maura Horton invented the magnetic technology about 3 years ago after her husband former N.C. State football coach Don Horton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She says it works for anyone with limited mobility or who just doesn’t feel like fumbling with buttons.
Horton says having the shirts available in stores can make a big difference to customers, especially those struggling with mobility issues.
“This is huge because sometimes your inability to do something just happens all the sudden -whether you have a stroke or you have limited dexterity from, say, a broken limb – and so just to be able to go to a store and see it feel it see how it opens and closes is awesome,” explained Horton.
The shirts range in prices from about $45 to $65
By the end of the month, Magna Click shirts are expected to be on sale at Belk in Durham as well as several other locations across the state. Horton expects them to eventually be available at all Belk locations.