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Coach to hit the road, closing Main Street store

Published 10:29 am, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Coach will close its Westport store at 155 Main St. at the end of April, according to store manager Nina Velez. A women's clothing store, Madewell, is set to take its place. Photo: Paul Schott / Westport News

    Coach will close its Westport store at 155 Main St. at the end of April, according to store manager Nina Velez. A women's clothing store, Madewell, is set to take its place.

    Photo: Paul Schott

 

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Coach, a purveyor of luxury handbags and accessories, will pack up next month and leave its Main Street store after 20 years, but a women's clothing store is expected to take its place soon.

Nina Velez, manager of Coach's Westport outlet at 155 Main St., confirmed Monday the store will close at the end of April. She declined to comment on why the store is closing.

"I love the community and I've loved working in Westport," Velez said.

Coach, a Manhattan-based company, launched its Westport store in 1992. The shop opened at another Main Street address before moving to its current storefront between Oscar's Delicatessen and a J. Crew store.

Coach's has other Connecticut stores in Stamford, Trumbull, Danbury, Farmington, Manchester and Uncasville.

Madewell, a women's clothing chain, plans to open an outlet at 155 Main St. after Coach vacates the space, according to Lee Papageorge, the property owner who also owns Oscar's.

Elsewhere on the town's main shopping thoroughfare, Chico's, 61 Main St., and Sunglass Hut, 74 Main St., remain closed since suffering damage five months ago from Superstorm Sandy. Representatives for both stores said Monday they do not have re-opening dates yet for those outlets.

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