The timing may not be the greatest. But today there’s good news downtown.
After months of work, Lululemon has moved into the Main Street property previously occupied by Nike. With 5,500 square feet, the popular athletic wear store has almost doubled their previous space.
The opening comes after months of work that brought a desolate look — plywood-covered windows in front, and construction blocking Parker Harding Plaza in back — to the area.
The work was necessary to flood-proof the vulnerable property. Basements have been redesigned, and walls bathtubbed to prevent water from spreading.
The landlord — Empire State Realty Trust — owns other Main Street property too, all the way down to the former Westport Pizzeria.
Skip Lane — Empire State’s broker — says that other stores will open soon, once their own flood-proofing and renovations are complete.
On the north side of Lululemon, Johnny Was — the boho-chic clothier — opens soon.
A deal is close for the old Lululemon space. And Theory — another women’s clothing store — is being renovated too.
Sundance — founded by Robert Redford in 1969 as a general store, and now a retailer of men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, footwear, accessories and home furnishings — will take over the former Ann Taylor space.
On the other side of Main Street, Lane says, a “cool high-end furniture line” will move into Banana Republic.
With most Americans worried about COVID-19 — and heeding advice to avoid crowds, if not self-isolate — this might not seem the best time to announce new store openings in Westport.
But the plywood has been up too long on Main Street. It’s coming down now. Soon enough, Empire State Realty Trust — and everyone else invested in downtown — hopes, the shoppers will return.