Last Cuppa For Davids Tea

Downtown shoppers: You’ve got 2 weeks to get your specialty teas and accessories.

Davids Tea — or, as they oddly prefer, DAVIDs TEA — will close its Main Street store on April 29.

According to alert “06880” reader Pat Pontoriero, they’re doing well here. However — surprise! — they’re not renewing the lease because of high rent.

Davids plans to diversify around Connecticut. Right now, their only other location in the state is at West Hartford’s Westfarms Mall.

The Westport store — between Brooks Brothers women’s store and Jack Wills — was only the 3rd US outlet for the Canadian-based chain. The first 2 were on Bleecker Street in New York, and Polk Street in San Francisco.

Now there are a few dozen.

But — in 2 weeks — one fewer.

A sign announcing the closing. (Photo/Pat Pontoriero)

6 responses to “Last Cuppa For Davids Tea

  1. “Oddly” preferred spelling? Like M.EAT? That’s called marketing.

  2. Virginia Tienken

    I can not understand the reasoning behind raising the rent, losing a tenant and leaving a store vacant for who knows how long. There has to be an advantage tax wise.

  3. Another step into a deserted ghost town style main street. amazing how many stores are empty on main street. Are landlords so greedy?

  4. Maybe a pot shop would fill the bill? Perfect.

  5. WestportNow reports that DAVIDs TEA (Westport) is not closing due to “high rent”: http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v3/comments/comings_goings_main_st._tea_store_to_cloe/

    “After almost four and a half years, DavidsTea, 135 Main St., will close on April 29, according to store manager Stephanie Armas. Said employee Leah Price, “The store is doing well, but the company wants to invest its resources in other areas.” She denied a local blog report that the closing was due to “high rent.” There are two other locations in the state — West Hartford and South Windsor as well as stores in other states, including three in Manhattan. The Westport store opened in 2012 (see WestportNow Sept. 26, 2012)”

    • As noted in the story above, a store representative told us that high rents were a factor. Something changed between the time “06880” first reported the closing, and WestportNow followed up 2 days later.

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