Santa made his last stop at Van Heusen on Christmas Eve as the business attire store at Seaside Outlets closed its doors.
The store had been in Seaside since 2001.
“It’s tough out there,” said Jeff Ter Har, owner of Ter Har’s in Seaside and Cannon Beach. “Retailers are having a lot of problems. Everybody is.”
The Van Heusen store closure comes after PVH Corp., the parent company of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and several other brands, announced the planned closing of its 162 Heritage Brand retailers across North America because of the coronavirus pandemic. Heritage Brand includes IZOD and Van Heusen.
The company’s website shows only five Van Heusen retail locations remaining, one in Ontario, Canada, one in Vermont and the rest in New York state. All Heritage Brand locations are expected to close by late 2021.
“Formalwear is a tough business to be in because workplace dress has gotten so casual,” Ter Har said. “At this point with the pandemic, things are even more casual than they used to be. It’s sad. We’ve dabbled in it from time to time, but there’s just not enough business to sustain it.”
Van Heusen is the third store to close this year in the outlet mall, along with Daisy May’s Sandwich Shop and It’s 5 Distillery, mall manager Kendra Lounsbury said.
Tokyo Teriyaki took a break but they’re back, she said, and a new restaurant, Legends Public House, is coming. Advantage Dental debuted with a soft opening in December.
Lounsbury anticipates clothing retailers will return.
“We had pretty good sales through the summer to the fall before we went into the Oregon freeze,” she said. “People were coming out to shop. We take precautions and make sure to have a clean, safe environment to shop and the stores were doing that as well. I absolutely think people will come out when we get in an even better position.”