Thursday , April 15 2021

Long clothing that closes both Saint John stores

After 30 years of work in Saint John, Colwell's Fashion closes men's and women's boutiques in the Brunswick market.

"We were really glad we were in business," said co-owner Catherine Johnston CBC on Friday, the day the company announced the imminent closure on Facebook.

Colwell began operations in Brunswick Square three decades ago, as a single store on the third level of the mall, which wore both men and women.

It was expanded into two showrooms – one for men and one for women – in 2007.

The Colwell Women's Bulletin was opened in 2007. (Julia Wright / CBC)

Rentals for both spaces end on January 31st.

Colwell's specializes in "high-end-to-medium-end" brands, including Michael Kors, Judith and Charles, 7 for all people, Eileen Fisher, Cambio and Mexx.

The boutique is the latest in a range of clothing stores that closed in Brunswick Square.

Over the past 18 months, Je Suis Perst, Pseudio and Kadam have left the nearby mall.

Colwell's sale will end by the end of the month. The independent clothing retailer is the latest in a number of companies that have closed in Brunswick Square, including Je Suis Perst, Kadam and Pseudio. (Julia Wright / CBC)

Johnston attributed the closure of "many different factors", including changing the sales climate in Saint John and increasing online shopping.

Colwell's Fashion in Saint John is a separate entity from Colwell's Clothing, a retailer in Halifax, which will continue to operate, Johnston said.

"In general, independent retailing is a challenge in Saint John," Johnston said.

"We are very grateful for these 30 years. We thank all customers and all employees who have provided exceptional customer service."

"We've had a great run – and we're proud of what we've done."

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