Internationally recognized outdoor retailer L.L.Bean — best known for its Bean Boot and customer service — will open at 272 Elm St. in the summer of 2018, representatives from The Shops at Yale and Yale University Properties announced on April 24.
“The addition of L.L.Bean will create approximately 60 new jobs in New Haven and will continue to add to the vibrancy and unique mix of national, regional, and local retailers in downtown New Haven,” said Lauren Zucker, associate vice president in Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs and University Properties. “Yale University’s community investment program supports the growth of New Haven businesses, reinvigorating New Haven’s downtown, creating jobs, and expanding the city’s tax base.”
Also on hand for the announcement were New Haven Mayor Toni Harp; Bruce Alexander, vice president for New Haven and state affairs and campus development at Yale; and Jamie Gull, vice president of retail real estate at L.L.Bean.
The nearly 9,000-square-foot, two-level, retail store will feature an assortment of active and casual apparel and footwear, as well as a variety of outdoor lifestyle gear. Of particular note will be the inclusion of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, which will offer demonstrations, clinics, and introductory hands-on courses for a variety of outdoor activities, all designed to make it easy for people to engage in outdoor recreation for health, fitness, and recreation.
“This will be an exciting new location, with a bustling student population combined with all of the vibrant, dynamic facets The Shops at Yale offers,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “New Haven is an energetic city, with plenty of cultural and cosmopolitan amenities, yet it also boasts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities within proximity, like cycling the Farmington Canal, paddling on the Quinnipiac River, or hiking in East Rock Park. Adding all of this up and we know it’s going to be great home for us.”
About The Shops at Yale and Yale University Properties
The Shops at Yale is made up of the Chapel Street Historic and Broadway Districts in New Haven and it includes a mix of retailers and restaurants such as Apple, J.Crew, Derek Simpson Goldsmith, Barbour, Union League Café, Tarry Lodge, Shake Shack and idiom boutique. Yale University Properties manages Yale University's commercial properties, including retail stores, office spaces, and residential units in New Haven. Enabled by Yale's community investment program, University Properties is committed to enhancing the quality of life in New Haven through the development of high quality retail and office environments and the revitalization of surrounding neighborhoods. As a result of University Properties’ community investment program, Yale University is one of the largest tax payers in the city of New Haven. Learn more at www.TheShopsatYale.com