Trina Turk is closing its Larchmont store leaving another vacancy on the street and reducing the number of retail stores even further. Apparently, the store – which opened in 2017 – was nearing then end of its lease and the company decided to close this location since it had been shuttered for several months by the pandemic.
If you’re a fan of Trina Turk, it’s not all bad news, though. The company, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is adding to its online shopping options to make it easier for customers to shop the LA-based clothing brand at home. They have stylists who send emails offering discounts and help curate your online shopping experience. They also offer to send you clothes on consignment…like “a dressing room in box” where you can try on what you want and send back items with no shipping charges. So Trina Turk isn’t going away, just its Larchmont store.
But news of this latest vacancy isn’t so good if you like shopping on Larchmont. Last summer we wrote about seven businesses closing and many of those storefronts are still vacant perhaps, reflecting the challenges retailers are facing all over the country and have been for quite some time. The current economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic only make matters worse. Still there has always been a sense that Larchmont is a very desirable shopping street and so rents keep rising.
We have asked, but haven’t heard who might want to take the large retail space that was once the home of Pickett Fences, now across the street, and Hans Optikal, now closed. Larchmont experts tell us this location is one of the best storefronts on the street with its close proximity to both parking lots and will surely find another tenant willing to pay top dollar despite the current economic uncertainty. We have also heard that some building owners are feeling the same pain as their tenants and have lowered rates to keep tenants.
“The pandemic has been challenging for property owners and business owners on Larchmont,” Heather Boylston, Co-Executive Director of the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District told the Buzz. “Many property owners are working with their tenants in partnership to ensure that businesses can continue. New leases have been signed, and landlords have given rent credits to help businesses get through the new restrictions that have impacted businesses. The entire Larchmont community has come together in appreciation and a renewed sense of loyalty to Larchmont Village. We will get through this by all working together to support our Village.”
But not every building owner is offering assistance. In the meantime, we are planning to show our support for the remaining retailers on the street and hoping for better times.
Larchmont Boulevard is a sad place these days with so many storefronts shuttered. We were very sorry to hear that the Larchmont Barber Shop is also closing its doors permanently. My husband and grandson built a tradition of getting their hair cut together there. Rents have become unaffordable to many small businesses that made the street welcoming, friendly and familiar. As major chain establishments move in so do their cold and impersonal ways. The village is fast losing that character that made it special to so many.