Tag Archives: Anthropologie

The Rumor Mill Churns

Anthropologie has announced its move to bigger digs in Bedford Square. A new tenant will eventually move into the current location on Post Road East.

But big changes may be in store for Balducci’s next door too.

Several folks have contacted “06880,” saying that — just a few months after renovation — the store may close. Rumors swirl regarding rent issues.

Architect types have been spotted touring the buildings and parking lot.

If Balducci’s goes — and with Garelick & Herbs moving to the Southport line — the east end of Westport may soon become a gourmet food desert.

Balduccis

Bedford Square: Looking Ahead

This morning’s rendering of the future look of Bedford Square’s most visible face — Anthropologie, at the corner of the Post Road and Main Street — piqued readers’ interest.

Several asked for more views of the project that will reshape downtown. Here’s a sneak peek. Enjoy!

The dropoff plaza. Retail is on the ground floor; 2 floors of apartments are above.

The dropoff plaza, viewed from Elm Street. Retail is on the ground floor; 2 floors of apartments are above.

A courtyard sits at the crossroads of 3 pedestrian passageways.

A courtyard sits at the crossroads of 3 pedestrian passageways, which link to the rest of downtown.

A view from the plaze, looking toward the back of the old firehouse and gym on Church Lane.

A view from the plaza, looking toward the back of the old firehouse and gym on Church Lane.

There will be 6 residential units in townhouses.

There will be 6 residential units in townhouses.

Another view of the Bedford Building, with Anthropologie as anchor tenant.

Another view of the Bedford Building, with Anthropologie as the anchor tenant.

Behind The Bedford Square Construction Fence

Right now, an enormous (though colorful) construction fence defines downtown. It — along with bulldozers and other equipment — will be there for another year and a half, as Church Lane and environs is transformed into Bedford Square.

But the end result should be worth it. Fears that the former Tudor-style YMCA Bedford Building on the Post Road/Main Street corner would go the way of the much-less-loved cement Weeks Pavilion (it’s already been demolished) were allayed yesterday.

Bedford Square Associates unveiled a rendering of the 40,000 square-foot anchor tenant, Anthropologie. The design retains much of the historic aesthetic of the Bedford Building and adjacent firehouse.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie’s new Westport location will offer a clothing store, home store, beauty store with salon, bridal store, and a cafe/restaurant in the base of the old firehouse.

Much of the rest of the 110,000 square-foot retail/office/restaurant/residential complex will be in context with the scale and style of the surrounding neighborhood. It includes concealed parking, wider tree-lined sidewalks, public walkways and large courtyards.

The project will be finished in early 2017. At which point we will finally stop calling it “the old Y.”

Anthropologie Heads To Bedford Square; Tenant Signed For Kemper-Gunn Too

The first 40,000 square feet of Bedford Square has been leased.

AnthropologieAnthropologie — the women’s clothing store owned by Urban Outfitters, now located 2 miles east, next to Balducci’s — will move into the retail/ residential development downtown. Its specific location is the Bedford building and adjacent former firehouse, on the corner of Main Street, the Post Road and Church Lane.

The new Anthropologie will include a full restaurant, clothing, home and beauty stores, and BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding brand.

Serena and LilyMeanwhile, across Church Lane, Serena and Lily will move into the Kemper-Gunn house, newly relocated from Elm Street in the Baldwin parking lot. They sell home decor, custom bedding, nursery furniture, rugs and wallpaper. This will be their 3rd US store.

Still on the market: 30,000 square feet of space.

Bedford Square

A rendering of Church Lane, from the Bedford Square website.

Checking Out The New Terrain

It’s not your father’s Cadillac dealership.

Or the one that hunkered down on the Post Road for over 40 years.

Curran Cadillac‘s long awaited and  finally frenzied makeover into Terrain culminated in a preview party Thursday night.

Yesterday, the public surged in.

There’s lots to see in the new Terrain.

I couldn’t make the party. But a friend who was there called it “Brooklyn/boho chic.” She described the indoor/outdoor organic restaurant’s menu as “understandable.”

Another alert “06880” reader sent this report:

The store smells like a cross between a garden center, Parfumerie Douglas and an aromatherapy apothecary. It’s sensory overload.

There’s a spa/skin/bath/beauty area in the back left. Housewares, linens, tablecloths, napkins and other decorating knickknacks are sprinkled throughout.

The garden center is pretty cool, with very stylish outdoor furniture and things you would see Mar Jennings (who was there) using on a photo shoot.

The coffee bar/restaurant is very pleasant, and priced equal to Starbucks.

The restaurant looks sleek but inviting.

I stopped by yesterday. My first impression was that the parking lot was striped for Mini Coopers, while people buying things like furniture and planters drive large vehicles and trucks.

But if the parking spots are small, Terrain’s interior is enormous. It’s like what  airplane terminals would look like, if they were designed by people with a gift for aesthetics and an interest in comfort.

Because I am gardening-impaired — why do you think I live in a condo? — and have all the tableware and bath accessories I need, I did not walk out with truckfuls of stuff. That made me a minority of one.

There sure is a lot of “stuff” in the new Terrain.

Everyone else piled their vehicles full of new, boho, organic-smelling goods, then maneuvered out of their teeny-tiny parking spaces and back onto the Post Road, Crescent Road and, for all I know, the fire station parking lot.

Terrain is handsome. It’s green (in color and sensibility). It’s provided instant life to a stretch of the Post Road that for years seemed pretty grotty.

It may also prove the death knell to a couple of popular places that many Westporters love: A&J’s Farm Market and Izzo’s Country Gardens.

Terrain is owned by Urban Outfitters, which recently opened a Westport store on the Post Road (with an entrance on Church Lane). The company also owns Anthropologie, giving it 3 Westport locations on US 1.

They clearly believe in this town. And — judging by the bucks they’ve poured into both Terrain and Urban Outfitters — they clearly the believe consumers are buying again. At least, buying the certain style of clothes, furnishings, garden equipment, jewelry, beauty products and everything else they’re selling.

It’s hard to believe many other new businesses would create this type of buzz.

Certainly not a Cadillac dealer.

The parking lot will not remain empty for long.