Waterbury's Brass Mill Center shopping mall is taking another pandemic-related hit this week, one of their bigger remaining national retailers, Old Navy, is permanently closing their Waterbury location as of this Friday, April 23, 2021.

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I just got off the phone with a store employee that confirmed that the store will be no more after this Friday, it's their last day and there has been a big merchandise sell-off going on recently. In fact, two of my friends Mike Christiano and Dave Fazo were in there last night and they both have confirmed that the place has pretty much been picked over and the store is quickly emptying out.

According to MoneyWise, Old Navy's parent company, Gap Inc., announced in October of 2020 that it would close at least 30% of their Banana Republic branded store in North America by the end of 2023, with the majority of stores moving out of enclosed shopping malls in favor of the stand-alone model. With the commercial real estate market seemingly on the verge of pandemic disaster nationally, if not globally, it seems like a smart move for Gap, Inc. to shed some of their underperforming stores in high-rent locations.

There will be plenty of Old Navy stores still open around Connecticut for you to get your cheap t-shirts, 18 as a matter of fact. The closest to the Waterbury location is the newer Old Navy that's in the Southbury Plaza. You can also find Old Navy Stores nearby in Danbury, Meriden, Milford, Plainville, Trumbull and West Hartford.

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