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STAMFORD, CT — Two national retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle, have closed their store locations in the Stamford Town Center mall, and another is expected to close soon.
According to a company spokesperson, Abercrombie & Fitch closed its store at the mall on Jan. 2.
"We always put our customers at the center of everything we do, which includes constantly evaluating our stores to ensure we are meeting our customers' needs," the spokesperson said. "This sometimes involves relocating or closing a specific store, as we continue to create the more intimate, omni-enabled experiences that our customers have told us they are looking for."
The spokesperson also noted the company strongly believes that "stores matter." (To sign up for Stamford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)
"We have been on a journey to optimize our store fleet over the past several years," the spokesperson said, "while also providing an engaging online experience, where we know many of our customers also enjoy shopping and interacting with us."
The spokesperson encouraged Connecticut customers to shop at the clothing brand's Norwalk store, located in the SoNo Collection mall, or online and through their mobile app.
Clothing chain American Eagle has also closed its store at the mall, according to the company's website. Messages left for the company by Patch were not immediately returned.
In addition to the two apparel chains, video game retailer GameStop has posted closings signs at its store located on the fourth floor of the mall, according to the Stamford Advocate. Messages left for GameStop were not immediately returned.
Stamford Economic Development Director Thomas Madden noted each closure is part of a series of planned closures from all three companies to help their bottom line, as the coronavirus crisis has "accelerated the transition to online marketing and sales."
Madden said he and Mayor David Martin recently met with Safavieh, a rugs and home furnishings company that purchased the mall in October, and they are both excited about some of the proposed changes planned for the mall.
"The mall is an asset that helps support the development in Stamford and [the city's] South End," Madden said.
Madden said the transition to new owners will help with the leasing of space at the mall.
"The city is actively approaching new retailers based on the retail survey we conducted last year," Madden said. "As some of the older leases expire from the Taubman ownership, we should start to see new retailers come to Stamford Downtown that reflect the tastes and needs of the Stamford residents that are occupying the new residential units around Stamford Town Center."
Patch has reached out to the Stamford Town Center for further information.