Kirk and Hill left downtown, but that space won't be vacant long


As of Labor Day, Kirk and Hill has a fancy new location inside the Chapel Hills Mall, and per its Facebook page, business is booming. After nearly 30 years downtown, the women's clothing retailer decided to relocate up north, which, according to customer surveys, would be a more convenient location for its client base.

But what's to happen to its former location at 129 N. Tejon St.? According to the Downtown Partnership, nearby retail store State of Mind/Bang Bang will move in, and is planning to open Oct. 1. The new storefront will be bigger than the side-by-side locations the two joint shops share around the corner on 109 E. Bijou St.

State of Mind/Bang Bang opened downtown 15 years ago and has since enjoyed plenty of business, including foot traffic from tourists, says Laurel Prud'homme of the Partnership. Prud'homme adds that Bang Bang (which will lose the State of Mind moniker with the move) is one of the few downtown stores offering clothing for both men and women, and is more affordable than most of the stores nearby.

As for what will fill that Bijou space when Bang Bang moves, Prud'homme says there haven't been any concrete plans made just yet, though a business new to downtown has looked at the space. Meanwhile, To the Grave Tattoo on Bijou will move into the Bijou alley soon, with its former location to be taken up by Wooly Works Knit Shop, which will relocate from North Tejon.

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