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Wednesday, August 5 Business

Brooks Brothers shuts down Stamford store after almost 40 years

STAMFORD — Embattled clothing retailer Brooks Brothers has permanently closed its store at Stamford Town Center, ending a 38-year run for one of the mall’s original tenants.

The last day of operations for the shop, which had operated at the Town Center since the downtown shopping center’s 1982 opening, was June 17. In recent weeks, the company has also permanently closed its women’s store in downtown Westport and its establishment in downtown Darien.

“As one of our original tenants, we naturally have a special place in our hearts for Brooks Brothers,” Stamford Town Center General Manager Dan Stolzenbach said. “We are sorry to see them close due to these unprecedented external factors.”

A message left for Brooks Brothers was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Reflecting industrywide struggles in recent months, Brooks Brothers has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. In response to the pandemic, its U.S. stores remain temporarily closed, according to its website.

Elsewhere in Connecticut, Brooks Brothers still operates a men’s store in downtown Westport, as well as establishments on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, at Danbury Fair mall, Westfarms mall in Farmington, Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet and Tanger Outlet Center Foxwoods in Mashantucket.

In recent weeks, a possible company sale or bankruptcy has been reported in a number of outlets.

Authentic Brands Group and mall landlord Simon Property Group have entered into talks to buy Brooks Brothers, Bloomberg reported last month. Coincidentally, Simon agreed earlier this year to acquire Stamford Town Center’s co-owner, Taubman Centers, for $3.6 billion. But Simon announced last month that it was pulling out of that deal.

Founded in 1818 and based in New York City, Brooks Brothers represents one of the oldest U.S. retailers. It helped to popularize sartorial staples such as argyle socks, Harris tweeds and Shetland sweaters.

For Stamford Town Center, the closing deals another blow to a mall already struggling to keep marquee tenants. Other departures this year have included Apple, Clarks, H&M, Papyrus and Uniqlo.

Apple, Clarks and H&M have opened stores eight miles east at the SoNo Collection mall in Norwalk, which debuted last October.

Empty space is also mounting in the mall’s restaurant row on Tresser Boulevard. Cheesecake Factory is planning to close in early August, creating the third vacancy in the dining hub.

pschott@stamfordadvocate.com; twitter: @paulschott

Paul Schott|Staff reporter

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