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Big retailers leave SCV

Weak performance cited for closing of local Brookstone, Abercrombie & Fitch

Posted: January 29, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 29, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Workers inside the Brookstone store on Town Center Drive in Valencia pack up merchandise on Tuesday. Jana Adkins/The Signal

Three national retailers have closed their doors at the mall in Santa Clarita.

Both Brookstone and Abercrombie & Fitch on Town Center Drive at the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall are officially out of business in the local market area.

Brookstone closed its Valencia store based on weaker performance, said a spokesperson for the chain. It continues to operate some 250 other retail stores in shopping malls and airports, said a public relations manager.

Inside the store on Tuesday, workers were dismantling the store displays and shelving for removal.

Likewise, a spokesperson for Abercrombie & Fitch gave the same reason for closing.

“A part of our company’s long-term strategy is to close underperforming stores. As a result of this, the Abercrombie & Fitch location in Valencia is closing.”

The youth retailer’s doors were already closed, windows sealed off and the sign had come down off the building by Tuesday.

Another retailer on the street said the $10 or Less Bookstore, which just opened last fall, is moving into the space vacated by Brookstone. The retailer also reported that Lane Bryant will be leasing the bookstore’s current space.

Inside the mall, two other retailers have closed for business, one being the Guess store. Also, Seattle-based retailer Ben Bridge Jeweler closed its doors on Dec. 31.

In a letter to its customers, the retailer said it was “consolidating all store repairs, layaways and special orders” at its Northridge store and sent customers a $25 gift certificate to use at the new location.

Meanwhile shoppers inside the mall are noticing other changes taking place down by the Sears store.

Calling 2014 “the year of change,” a spokesperson for the shopping center said it is in the process of making some significant changes to the center.

Some of the stores that appear to be closing are only relocating, and Westfield is bringing new retailers to the Town Center Drive, inside the mall and to The Patios.

Westfield said it is working on attracting retailers that customers consider to be “relevant” and have been asking for, but that not all of the changes or new additions can be announced yet.

“We are excited to open new and anticipated retailers in 2014,” said Stacie House with the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

“We look forward to several great additions to Westfield Valencia Town Center this year,” she said.


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