Attention shoppers: Downtown Westfield will have another offering just in time for the holiday season. Urban Outfitters, the international retailer, is expected to open at 154 East Broad Street this December.
The chain, with nearby shops in Montclair and Edison, is known for selling men's and women's apparel in addition to a wide selection of quirky gift items and home furnishings.
"It's going great; they're shooting (to open) for the holiday season," said Sherry Cronin, executive director of the
Cronin said she is glad to see the space, formerly occupied by a bank, filled. "Four and a half years vacant, (is) not a good thing," she said.
Extensive renovations are taking place both to the interior as well as to the exterior, which will soon be painted cream.
According to the testimony given by architect Dennis Flynn at a Board of Adjustment , the basement will include fitting rooms, a shoe sale area, public bathrooms, an office, an area for employees and some storage space. The main floor will be used entirely for retail sales. The mezzanine level would also be used for retail, fitting rooms and storage space. The building would also include a new staircase and handicap-accessible elevator. A second staircase would also be included, though it would only be used for emergencies and not main access.
Cronin said the retailer is currently hiring. Applications for employment can be submitted through the website. Positions include full- and part-time retail sales, store manager and merchandising manager. Applicants will be contacted in October and November, according to the website.