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Downtown Los Angeles Brooks Brothers closes its doors after 71 years

March 22, 2010 |  5:50 pm

In case you missed my compatriot Shelby Grad's recent mention of it, Monday is the last day of business for the downtown Los Angeles Brooks Brothers store, which has occupied its 604 S. Figueroa St. location for more than two decades.

SheepThe following statement, released by the company's chairman and chief executive Claudio Del Vecchio, seems to indicate the issue was one of timetable problems rather than declining business or a desire to exit the downtown core:

 “Brooks Brothers has had a presence in downtown LA since the 1930’s and opened the current location 21 years ago.  We believe very strongly in downtown locations and in fact planned to open a (previously unannounced) 11,000 sq ft. flagship store within the Grand Avenue complex.

The delay of the Grand project coincided with the expiration of our current lease and unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement with the landlord."

Del Vecchio's statement went on to say that the company is "actively searching for alternate locations" in case the Grand Avenue complex never comes to pass.

But, in the meantime, the denizens of downtown will have to head for the hills (of Beverly that is) or Century City to dip their toes in the nearest Brooks.

-- Adam Tschorn

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