French Connection appears to have vacated the premises of its Bloor Street store.
Upon passing the central Yonge and Bloor location last week, I noticed signs plastered on the windows of the boutique announcing its closure. And already, the merchandise seems to have been cleared from the store’s floors.
The international fashion retailer has three other locations in Toronto, including Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Queen Street West, and the Toronto Eaton Centre, along with a few locations in the surrounding suburbs, so shoppers still have options for getting their French Connection fix.
But I was surprised to see the brand vacate a location in such a central and sought-after part of the city, well known for high-end fashion retailers.
The Bloor Street store was large, with two storeys of merchandise, and from what I could tell, it was usually busy with shoppers.
With rental rates in that neighbourhood more expensive than any other retail strip in Canada, however, perhaps the cost of operating the location became too much for the retailer.
I’m curious to see what will pop up in this coveted location next.