Avenue, a plus-size women's clothing store, will be shutting down its West Babylon storefront in the coming weeks as a part of a nationwide shutdown of some nearly 100 stores following the company declaring bankruptcy.
Avenue, located near the former National Wholesale Liquidators/Caldor location in the Great South Bay Shopping Center, has been in business for at least the last ten years.
According to Chain Store Age, the Avenue Stores headquarters filed for bankruptcy earlier this year in May. The decision to close 96 of its stores came soon after, including the West Babylon location.
Two other locations nearby in Farmingdale at Airport Plaza and North Babylon on Deer Park Avenue do not appear to be closing.
The current West Babylon location is running major discounted sales in preparation for the eventual final closing – items throughout the store are 60 to 75% off.
The loss of Avenue will be the first complete shutdown of a storefront at the shopping center in the last year. The popular West Babylon shopping area has seen its fair share of new businesses join the area, including Carter's, Yo Luv It and Davis Vision. Patch also reported yesterday the family restaurant Red Robin will join the shopping center sometime next year.
The storefront is owned by Mall Properties, Inc. and is already listed on their website as a 10,000+ square foot space available for rent.