After 27 years in downtown New Canaan, the owners of Candy Nichols are closing the shop at the end of this month.
Co-owner Elizabeth Correa said high rent and changing habits among shoppers are the chief reason she’s closing the children’s clothing and apparel store.
“Traffic is not the same and people shop differently,” Correa said on a recent morning, referring to online shopping. “That’s just a fact.”
Located on Elm Street for about 20 years, Candy Nichols since 2013 has been at 99 Main St. The store will hold 30 and 50 percent off sales as March progresses, Correa said.
She and business partner Anna Carberry in more than a quarter-century have had children as customers who are now grown and shopping for their own kids, according to Correa.
“It’s been an incredible pleasure,” she said. “I love helping people and I love everything about it. I have seen babies and children who are now women coming in with their babies. It’s incredible. And you know I have people who worked for us as teenagers at New Canaan High School and they’re coming in here now with their babies and shopping. So I’ll miss that. I’ll miss the customer service end of it, for sure.”
The children’s clothing market in New Canaan has seen dramatic changes in recent years. The short-lived Ella & Henry closed at the end of 2017, Littlejohn’s across Elm Street had closed the prior summer after 24 years in business and Ralph Lauren Kids shut down in August 2015.
Correa said she plans to work locally in retail, though first she’ll take a break and do something that’s eluded her since a softball standout daughter, Ryan, started her collegiate game at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.: See all her games.
“The first thing I’m doing is taking off for the whole season so I don’t miss a game,” Correa said when asked about her plans. “I don’t have any obligations, so I’ll be able to go to every day game.”
Of the store’s closing, she added: “It’s sad but it’s change, sometimes it’s not the end of the world.”