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In the latest in surprising Upper West Side retail news, the Lancôme boutique and salon on Columbus Avenue and 69th Street quickly and unexpectedly shuttered last Wednesday. (Well, maybe not that unexpectedly—the services were a tad pricey.) Apparently, the employees were the last to know.
The powers-that-be officially alerted staffers about the closure on Tuesday—just one day before the shop closed for good. The folks at Lancôme don't waste any time, either. When we walked by on Friday, all signage and windows displays has been dismantled. Brown paper covered the windows, but we still managed to catch a glimpse of staffers frantically dismantling the interior of the space. By Memorial Day Monday, the store was barren of stock and the shelves and display cases were empty and in disarray.
The Columbus Avenue boutique was the only standalone Lancôme in the city (and the second in the country after Dallas). A staffer we spoke to at the now closed-boutique said that there are no plans to re-open in another neighborhood. Guess that concept didn't quite take off as hoped. Loyal UWS Lancôme customers may be somewhat comforted to know that the boutique's popular makeup artist Deanna Moore relocated to the Lancôme counter at Bergdorf Goodman. While Upper West Siders will have to travel a bit farther to get their hands on vibrating mascara, they still have Clarins, Space NK, Kiehl's and Fresh for a quick beauty fix—all within walking distance.
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