MERIDEN — The Victoria’s Secret location at Meriden Mall is one of more than 200 store closings announced by the women’s apparel chain, mall management confirmed Wednesday.
Victoria’s Secret had not reopened after shutting down in March due to state restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 despite a subsequent loosening of retail regulations.
The women’s apparel and fragrance chain is part of LBrands Inc., which announced it was closing 250 Victoria’s Secret stores in the U.S. and foreign markets.
LBrands also owns Bath & Body Works, which also has a mall location.
“The Victoria’s Secret store at the Meriden mall closed in early March 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis,” said mall manager Christopher Powers. “As LBrands announced closing of some 200-250 stores, this location was unfortunately one of them and never reopened its doors. Bath & Body reopened in late June and will remain open.”
LBrands announced two weeks ago it was cutting $400 million in annual expenses by reducing its corporate headcount by 15% or 850 people, better managing inventory and cutting operating losses in foreign markets like the U.K. and China.
The Victoria’s Secret store at the mall occupies a prime spot on the second floor near the food court.
The mall sold to Namdar Realty Group this past spring for $12.5 million. Sears closed at the mall two years ago, and Macy’s followed this year.
Powers said the mall’s new real estate company continues to communicate with potential new tenants.
“Our new Namdar realty leasing team is working with new tenants and we hope to announce new tenants once we have some signed leases,” Powers said in an email.