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Sleepy Centre Market Place may be home to some of the deepest discounts in Manhattan right now—but you would never know it, unless you happened to walk by. Indie designer and perennial editor-favorite Built by Wendy's flagship store is closing after fourteen years. We're told the cause of the closure is not problems within the company; the lease renewal is simply too expensive. As a result, Built by Wendy is moving to a strictly wholesale and online model. But first, they're liquidating their in-store merchandise.
Prices are exactly as labeled on the window: Tops are $20 to $50, bottoms are $25 to $50, and dresses are $30 to $90. Although the sale started very quietly, the selection is not untouched. Few jeans, dresses, and handbags remain. Overall, the summery clothes have been hit the hardest. But the sale also features past-season clothes from their warehouse, so if you're interested in snagging a jacket or sweater, or separates in a heavier fabric, it's definitely worth the trip.
What's next for Built by Wendy? Wendy Mullin is heading to Paris to launch a kids' line for Spring 2013 and working on expanding her men's jeans collection, among other projects. Her neighborhood storefront will be missed, but we're excited to see what she'll do next.—Mallory Farrugia
Update: The original version of this post incorrectly implied that the building's landlord had pushed the company out. We've changed it to better reflect the situation.
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