Casual Corner leaving Briargate

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Casual Corner’s days in the Shops at Briargate appear to be numbered. Petite Sophisticate and August Max could be closing as well.
Casual Corner Manager Amy Beck said employees haven’t been told when the final day will be, but liquidation sales started Oct. 19. The store has been in Briargate since the Shops opened in 2004 and has 15 employees.
“We’ll probably be here through the holidays,” she said. “But we don’t have an exact date – it will just depend on the products we have left in the store.”
C.T. Retail Brand Alliance, the store’s parent company, is selling the Casual Corner, Petite Sophisticate, August Max and Casual Corner Women’s Annex brands.
Casual Corner, August Max and Petite Sophisticate are the only stores in Colorado Springs and are running 40 to 60 percent off sales on all merchandise. The sales will continue until all merchandise is sold, Beck said. Banner advertisements at the store proclaim “Everything Must Go!” August Max’s e-commerce site is also closed to business.
“The company just decided to sell a portion of its holdings,” she said. “We are part of what’s going to be sold. The corporate office is working with a liquidator to begin the process of selling all the in-store stock.”
C.T. Retail Brand Alliance also owns Adrienne Vittadini, Brooks Brother’s and Carolee Designs, which it plans to keep, Beck said.
The store at the Shops of Briargate is the only one in Colorado Springs; Casual Corner also has stores in Castle Rock, Littleton and Aurora.
Casual Corner opened in 1950 with one store in West Hartford, Conn. Owners Charles Carples and Stan Vogel sold the company in 1969 to U.S. Shoe Co. The Women’s Specialty Retailing Group was formed in 1980, when Petite Sophisticate and August Max were added.
The store went through another transition in 1995, when Luxottica Group acquired U.S. Shoe. The Women’s Specialty Retailing Group became Casual Corner Group, owned by the Del Vecchio family.
When contacted, representatives at President Claudio Del Vecchio’s office refused comment about the store’s future, and swiftly ended the conversation.
Jennifer Halloway, general manager of the Shops at Briargate, said the corporate office has not contacted her about closing the Casual Corner store. However, she said she was aware that the company is undergoing corporate changes.
“We haven’t really heard if our location is going to be affected – closed or consolidated,” she said. “We’re not sure what is going to happen. They are having sales and the company is undergoing a few changes.”
—Amy.Gillentine@csbj.com