Greenwich Gossip is concerned about the number of stores shuttered on Greenwich Avenue. The blogger cites an impressive number of recent closures but I don’t share his alarm – at least not yet.
The mix of businesses on the Avenue has always been in flux as market tastes and forces change. We watched the demise of single-shop stores, the loss of the best record store, Al Franklin’s, to a Talbot expansion and the last time I checked, Bernie Yudain was still griping about the loss of Finch’s Drug Store. Me, I think the biggest loss was Charlie Grannick’s gun store above his own pharmacy.
But so it goes. It has been nice to see restaurants on the Ave open past 5:00 PM and if the chains crowded out the locals and Westchester shoppers clogged the street with their SUVs well, at least we gained taxes. Now things are changing again – Talbot’s not only retreated from the record store, it pulled off the Avenue completely. I have no idea what iteration of Ralph Lauren’s is doing (I saw some howler of a window display at a Lauren “Rugby” store featuring effeminate models dressed in camouflage and army helmets – surely that won’t last), but whether he stays r goes, we’re still a pretty vibrant town with some money people. As long as those folks are here, I’m confident we’ll attract retailers with a desire to separate them from their stash. Cathy Fuld has to buy sheets somewhere, right? and can you see her doing a little on line browsing at Land’s End? I don’t think so. And of course, we can allsways accommodate a few dozen more banks.