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Look What's Coming to Downtown Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Downtown shoppers have a lot to look forward to in the coming months as a slate of new businesses put down roots in Westport, says Westport developer David Waldman , vice president of the Downtown Merchants Association.

Among the coming attractions is Nike, one of the world's leading suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel.

"This will be one of the only Nike stores in Fairfield County," said Waldman. According to the company's official website, there are a variety of retailers that carry Nike. However, the only Nike stores in the area are in White Plains and Riverhead, N.Y., and Clinton, Conn.

The Nike store is currently under construction and is expected to open sometime this fall. The store will occupy one of the spaces at 66-69 Main Street formerly occupied by the Gap, which is now situated at 125 Main St.

Speaking of 125 Main St., Waldman said a hair salon will be moving in at the top level of this building. He said the salon aims to open by Halloween.

Also coming soon to Main Street is Theory, a New York-based retailer that offers contemporary fashions for men and women, Waldman said. Like Nike, Theory will occupy one of the spaces at 66-69 Main St. There is currently a Theory store in Greenwich.

Up the block, the space at 22 Main St. is being renovated for Benefit Cosmetics, a San Francisco-based company. According to the company's website, this boutique will be the second in the state. The other is in New Canaan.

The old Westport Library on Post Road East across from Soleil Toile is under construction as well. Waldman said this will be the new home of Calypso St. Barth, a high-end women's clothing boutique. The boutique's only other Connecticut outlet is in Greenwich.

In addition to these retailers, Jack Wills University Outfitters, a British clothing brand, opened Friday at 139 Main St. Of course, Urban Outfitters is opening on Post Road East and the Sherwood House on Church Lane is being renovated for a restaurant.

"With all these businesses coming to downtown, I think that says Westport has, and always will be, a desirable location for retailers," said Bob LeRose , president of the Downtown Merchants Association and owner of Bobby Q's on Main Street. "We’re excited with what’s happening and think the town should be excited. Downtown is beginning to take on its own flavor."

Are you happy to see so many new businesses coming to downtown Westport? Which are you most excited for?

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