Fayetteville Bags L.L. Bean

June 26, 2007

A pleasant surprise for CNY shoppers– an L.L. Bean outlet store- the first in New York State- will open at the Fayetteville Towne Center in late September.

llbean.gif“Store Front” columnist Bob Niedt has the details in this morning’s Post Standard. This will not be a tiny space, at 15,000 square feet in the former Thomasville furniture store, and will sell closeout items at a discount, along with regular merchandise featured in the Bean print and Web catalogues, and the flagship store up in Freeport, Maine.

As the Circus noted recently, the arrival of brick-and-mortar Beans in New York means the end of a sales tax break for local customers of this retailing institution, but it’ll be fun to have them in the neighborhood.

And of course, you have to wonder what Bob “Destiny” Congel is thinking about COR Development, owners of Towne Center, bagging Bean before he could line up a branch of the venerable outdoor retailer for Carousel Center, or one of his other mall properties. Then there’s Macerich Companies, which has a Bean store in Virginia and may have hoped to add one to a rebuilt Shoppingtown in DeWitt. Now, with an outlet coming to Fayetteville, just a couple of miles away, that’s not gonna happen.