SAINt JOHN – A fashion retailer that has been operating in uptown Saint John for more than 30 years is closing its doors for good.
Colwell’s Fashions announced on Facebook Friday that it will be closing its doors in Brunswick Square Jan. 31. The company has two storefronts in the mall, one on the second floor for women and another on the third for men’s attire.
Store owner Catherine Johnston told Huddle the decision to close comes just as their lease in Brunswick Square is ending.
“It was just good timing. At some point, all good things end. We felt we had a great business here for 30 years,” she said. “To be quite honest, my operating partner here pass away five years ago. I live in Halifax, so it was kind of the right time.”
Johnston says a lot of factors played into the decision, including the current fickle environment for independent retailers.
“Retail is tough today. It’s tough on independents. There’s a lot of reasons to that, from online shopping to the bigger box retailers with a lot of brand names,” she said. “A lot went into [the decision] but it just felt like the right time.”
She says she is thankful for the support the store received over the last 30 years.
“We’re very proud to have been an independent business in Saint John, New Brunswick. We’re really thankful for the support we’ve gotten from our loyal clientele and our staff has been absolutely superb,” said Johnston. “We’re grateful for all the years of business people did support us.”