Monday, April 15, 2024


Tiffany: Westport Store Off to “Exceptionally Strong Start”

Tiffany & Co. Inc. said today sales in its new Westport store were off to an “exceptionally strong start” and contributed to a 12 percent overall sales increase in the November-December holiday period for the luxury retailer from the prior year. tiffany11040403260.jpg
Flashback: Tiffany’s Westport store opened Nov. 5 with a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” event for local merchants. photo

Mark L. Aaron, vice president of investor relations, told a conference call for analysts that sales in the New York flagship store were up 11 percent while sales in the six stores in the New York suburban region were roughly equivalent to last year.

“We are also experiencing an exceptionally strong start in our new store in Westport, Conn., although it is likely having a cannibalization effect on a couple of New York area stores,” he said.

The Westport store opened Nov. 5 in the location which formerly housed Eddie Bauer at the corner of Post Road East and Taylor Place. Part of the ground floor retail space has yet to be sublet.

Bedford and Bridgeport Gifted Students Join for Archaeology Study

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted has awarded a grant to an archaelogy workshop linking sixth grade students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School with eighth grade students from Bridgeport’s Longfellow School, it was announced today.

The $2,250 grant, written by Bedford teacher Kerstin Warner and Longfellow teacher Bonnie Hole, will bring the students from the two schools together in a study of archaeology that includes several field trips.

Students will meet together to hear Dr. Nick Bellantoni, the Connecticut State Archaeologist, travel together to the archaeology labs at Yale University, and share a hands-on archaeology experience at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted is a non-profit volunteer organization created to support the needs of gifted youngsters across the state.

Westport Fire Department Adding Two Recruits

The Westport Fire Department has announced the addition of Justin Moser and Tobias Ostapchuk as Westport firefighters.

The two will be sworn in Friday at 2:30 p.m. in a ceremony at Westport fire headquarters.

The addition of the two firefighers brings the department strength to 58, according to Deputy Chief Chris Ackley, with one position still open.

Moser. 24. of Southbury, is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) as well as Firefighter I and II, and confined space rescue. He has been a volunteer in Newtown for the past six years where he is currently assistant chief.

Save the Children Call Center One of the Busiest Places in Westport

The call center at Westport’s Save the Children on Wilton Road is one of the busiest places in Westport these days. The charity Wednesday had its second highest one-day call volume 2,200 calls—from Asian tsunami donors, eclipsed only by 2,500 calls one day last week. Staff members are seen manning some of the 25 phone lines today. Volunteers are still needed to answer phones in non-business hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Westport Office Vacancy Rate Holding Steady

The Westport office vacancy rate as of Jan. 1 stands at 15.2 percent, the same level as seen in July 2004, according to Ted Hampe, chairman of Westport’s HK Group.

HK Group tracks some 172 office buildings, with square footage totaling 2,620,000 SF of which 397,000 SF were vacant on Jan. 1.

An additional 35,000SF were being offered for sub-lease or future direct lease, reflecting planned tenant moves, the company said.

Therefore, the office availability rate was 16.5 percent on Jan. 1, a slight improvement versus last July.