polo handbags No fear as two outlets close
MANCHESTER Two of Manchester best known outlet stores have closed their doors in the last few weeks, but new tenants have shown an interest in both of them.
Tommy Hilfiger, located on Main Street, closed March 11, and Timberland, on the corner of the intersection of routes 1 1/30 and 7A, closed around the end of February.
Jennifer Fruzzetti, manager of corporate communications for Tommy Hilfiger, confirmed the date the store closed, but has not responded to other requests for information.
The store sells clothes for men from the collections of American designer Tommy Hilfiger. According to the company Web site, it also sells clothes for women and children, footwear and fragrances.
The Timberland store had been in Manchester for 21 years, according to company spokeswoman Robin Giampa. Seven people worked at the store, either full or part time.
no one reason we open or close a store. It based on market needs, our long term plans and a host of other factors, Giampa said by e mail.
With the store closure,
there are no Timberland stores in Vermont. Timberland sells outdoor boots and other products related to the outdoor lifestyle.
Manchester Planning Director and Zoning Administrator Lee Krohn said he had already gotten applications for design review of signs to replace both stores.
Lane Bryant, which the company describes as a place to buy plus size women fashions, is scheduled to move into Tommy Hilfiger Main Street store in the High Ridge Plaza.
Krohn said his records showed Tommy Hilfiger had been in town about 10 years with roughly half of that time in the Main Street site.
Lilly Pulitzer has an application to move into the former home of Timberland. According to the company Web site, Lilly Pulitzer built its reputation as being the uniform of the affluent at play. said there were other signs of economic growth in the town including plans submitted to his office by Theory, a store that sells high end women clothing, to move to the newly reconstructed building on the former site of the Royal Dragon restaurant near the town green. Krohn said the site, which is located near the intersection of routes 1 1/30 and 7A, also known as Malfunction Junction, had been empty for about 20 years.
Jay Hathaway, executive director for the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce, said he was concerned to see some high profile outlets leaving the area but believes the decision on one of them was made because of a change in company policy and had nothing to do with Manchester.
been an ebb and flow from the beginning that been part of the outlet shopping network. The important thing is we have almost a full complement of stores year round, he said.
Hathaway pointed to the stores waiting in the wings to replace Tommy Hilfiger and Timberland as examples of businesses which had wanted to open a site in Manchester, but couldn because of a lack of available retail space.
have other big names as a safety net. It not like pulling an orange out of the pyramid and the whole thing comes down, he said.
For the chamber, the change is unlikely to be a major difference. While Hathaway said most Vermont based businesses in town were members, he admits he would like to see more participation from the outlet stores.