Bridal chain closes lower Fairfield County location

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David’s Bridal has closed its Norwalk store, one of just three locations in southwestern Connecticut and its lone salon in lower Fairfield County.

The gown and tuxedo store had anchored the retail plaza at 250 Westport Ave. owned by Norwalk-based M.F. Discala, after replacing in July 2013 the apparel and accessories shop Mandee. Other tenants today at 250 Westport Ave. include Bond Grill, Romanacci Pizza Bar, Osteria Romana and UFC Gym.

M.F. DiScala has received multiple inquiries from national retailers about the David’s Bridal space since it became available, according to John DiScala, president of the company’s Sedona Group subsidiary. At 8,000 square feet of space, it is the largest retail plaza space in Norwalk for lease with immediate availability, not including an Ethan Allen outlet on Main Avenue that is listed for sale.

A spokesperson for Conshohocken, Pa.-based David’s Bridal responded via email to a Hearst Connecticut Media query on the Norwalk store closure, citing a “strategic decision not to renew the leases on a small number of our U.S. stores” without delving into specific reasons for why the company did not choose to renew its Norwalk lease. She added employees were given the option to work in other stores in the area.

The bridal company is directing customers with questions to its remaining area locations in Danbury at 15 Backus Ave., and in Orange at 112-118 Boston Post Road.

Founded in 1950, David’s Bridal expanded over time to some 300 locations in the United States. Last August, David’s Bridal was listed among the top five retail “loans of concern” by Fitch Ratings, an affiliate of Hearst Connecticut Media, with Fitch citing nearly $500 million in David’s Bridal debt. The list included Nine West, which closed last year at 517 Westport Ave. with the freestanding building now being converted for new use by an early education center.; 203-842-2545; @casoulman