Updated 5:10 p.m., Jan. 25:
Three upscale clothing stores will be moving into a soon-to-be renovated storefront where Talbots has been located on Greenwich Avenue.
According to Ron Brien, the president of Alliance Commercial Property, told Greenwich Patch that the 7,000 square foot space Talbots occupies at 165 Greenwich Ave. will be split into three smaller stores.
"There was a lot of interest from smaller stores in the space ... the landlord decided to split it into three different stores," Brien said.
Talbots is closing this weekend and within a month renovations should begin, Brien said.
Expected to open by next fall will be "three really beautiful new boutiques" all of which have outposts in Manhattan, Brien said.
The new tenants will be the outerwear clothing company Marmot "with really fine quality coats and jackets;" the French woman's apparel shop Joie and an Italian men's and women's clothing company, called Vince. That store also has a store at The Westchester in White Plains, NY.
Brien said with the three new stores as well as other pending changes, "The Avenue is coming back to the old days—strong. It's going to enhance that part of the block."
According to Brien, the space leased by HH Brown Shoes at 171 Greenwich Ave. also is on the market. It's not clear when HH Brown will move out, Brien said.
The former Ralph Lauren Rugby storefront at 195 Greenwich Ave., is expected to become a store for another Lauren brand, Brien said.
The venerable women's clothing store Talbots is closing its Greenwich Avenue outpost this weekend.
According to signs posted in the windows on Friday, the hugely discounted sales will last "3 days" before the infamous red doors are shuttered. And it's not the only clothing store to close on The Avenue. Ralph Lauren's Rugby recently closed, just a few doors down at 195 Greenwich Ave.
Inside, the store is a mere shell of its former self where classic dresses, suits, slacks, blouses, blazers and shoes once filled the 165 Greenwich Ave. storefront for ladies, women and petites. It's been a few years since the petites section was a Talbots Kids shop.
Mostly denim clothing and women's fashions were left on a handful of display racks, with markdowns of 80 to 90 percent on Friday afternoon. The store is even selling its fixtures right down to the chairs that once stood sentry in the shoe section with $12 pricetags, with blonde wood picture frames that used to hold sales signs, selling for $1.
Talbots was originally founded in 1947 by Rudolf and Nancy Talbot as a small, traditional women's clothing store in Massachusetts. The closest Talbots are located in the , and at .
According to a store employee, the landlord plans to split the store into three shops. A message was left with Alliance Commercial Property, which is listed as the leasing agent, according to signs on the building exterior.
The Ralph Lauren Rugby store recently closed after the holiday shopping season—as previously announced last fall, according to Luckymag.com. Lauren shuttered all 14 Rugby stores.