SOUTHINGTON — The Party City store on Queen Street is among more than four dozen locations nationwide slated for closure over the coming months.
Large signs reading “Nothing held back” and offering discounts of up to 30 percent fill the windows of the storefront at 750 Queen St., nestled in a plaza between Petco and H & R Block, with ShopRite a few doors down.
Inside the store, Halloween-themed merchandise — including masks, witch hats and ghost costumes — occupy several aisles. Store employees, wearing orange T-shirts, stocked racks and shelves and stood at checkouts Tuesday evening.
According to Party City’s website, the company operates more than 900 stores throughout North America.
The Southington store’s manager declined to speak with a reporter. The company later issued an emailed statement, saying the Queen Street location is not slated to close until the end of February.
“Party City routinely evaluates our portfolio of stores in response to ongoing consumer, market and economic changes that naturally arise in the business,” the statement read. It added customers in the area “will still be able to find the products they love” at other Party City stores in Waterbury, Newington and Simsbury, and online at the store’s website, partycity.com.
Louis Perillo, town director of economic development, said despite the upcoming closure, retail is a thriving in town.
“We don’t have much in the way of vacancies,” Perillo said, referring to existing storefronts. “Southington is very fortunate.” Marketing process
Joseph J. DeMaio, chief financial officer of Farmington-based Cornerstone Properties Inc., which owns the plaza where Party City is located, said his company just recently found out about the expected closure.
“We don’t have anybody that is committed to the space yet,” DeMaio said, adding that Party City has a little less than a year left on its lease. The store was previously an iParty store, until Party City acquired it.
“We will be collecting the rent,” he said.
“It’s in a very desirable area,” DeMaio said. “But it’s always a process to find a new tenant and make a new deal. ... We will start our process of marketing it.”
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