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Coldwater Creek Store Closing?
updated: Feb 28, 2012, 9:07 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Coldwater Creek store is closing? My wife is not happy about that.

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 COMMENT 260235 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 09:10 AM

Smart Meters are bag bans are putting them out of business. ...Sigh.. My wife loved that store too.

 

 COMMENT 260238 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 09:20 AM

I did too. But...I haven't shopped there for awhile(counting my pennies). I'll go there now before they close.

 

 COMMENT 260247 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 09:35 AM

That is a bummer. Sad to see another business close it's doors. It's hard to find clothes for that age group. Seems like J Jill, Chico's, and Talbots ( all in La Cumbre Plaza) are the best choices!

 

 COMMENT 260250P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 09:59 AM

What, if any, store is moving in to fill the gap?

That can't be inexpensive rent.

 

 COMMENT 260259 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 10:14 AM

Someone told me another Spearmint Rhino was going in!

 

 COMMENT 260260 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 10:15 AM

259 wow, I sure hope so. what a great boon to the economy if it is. Does anyone know where we can sign a petition to make this happen???

 

 SBSWEETPEA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 10:24 AM

Yes unfortunately they are closing. I spoke with some of the employees . They lost their lease. I suppose the rent is too high. I love that store, the next closest one is Topanga or Bakersfield. The employees said to email HQ to protest the closing. Their clothes are good quality and they always have good sales. BUMMER

 

 COMMENT 260275 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 10:51 AM

Wow...talk about hitting home for the edhat user.

 

 COMMENT 260277 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 10:56 AM

Greedy landlords in this town strike again. They're the worst.

 

 COMMENT 260298P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 12:03 PM

It'll probably be occupied by another low-budge national chain clothing store.

Wait! Doesn't Walmart want to get a foothold in SB?

Perhaps they can conjure up a really inexpensive, clothing outlet for State Street. They could also move their unsold or distressed merchandise from the other gazillion locations.

 

 COMMENT 260317 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 12:48 PM

The last time I went in there, the clothes were not so good. Not as colorful and fun.... but, I'm sure they would get a new shipment soon. Sad to see them leave.

 

 COMMENT 260318 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 12:50 PM

Understand the lease loss is forcing this store to close but Coldwater Creek has been in some trouble lately. They are struggling to keep their prices competitive without letting their quality slip. They recently did a poll of their customer base and got a lot of complaints about boring colors, tired styles and high prices. They are trying to adjust to their market but it's hard. There are a lot of other similar retailers out there who easily beat them. I was an avid customer of theirs about 5 years ago but their overall quality and value have slipped. Their retail segment is a tough one - hope they can figure something out soon.

 

 COMMENT 260336P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 01:41 PM

Chicos also went through a phase with boring colors. The staff said "popular" colors are decided for the fashion industry each year by some color board, and the new fabrics get made in those colors. There a better colors this year, but maybe too late for Coldwater Creek.

Too bad, I like their clothes, but have also been pinching pennies.

 

 COMMENT 260363 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 03:11 PM

@298P - Coldwater Creek IS a (relatively) low budget national chain store.....

Their clothing is boring, baggy and poorly made. When it was a catalog outlet, quality and style were better. Retail stores on State Street probably don't pencil out unless they cater to the 13-23 age demographic which basically wants disposable clothing as fashion changes by the minute.

Where can a woman "of a certain age" get decent quality clothing in Santa Barbara??

 

 COMMENT 260371 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 03:24 PM

I agree with S.B. Ron,
The quality did not match the price. It looked cute on the hangers, but the fabrics never felt good on and were not tailored to fit well either. The clerks were all very nice and helpful though. Hope they all get jobs at a nice high end store, they deserve to.

I think Nordstrom and Macy's and Talbots all have a nice selection for all ages and sizes.

 

 COMMENT 260391 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 04:05 PM

SBRon exactly what does "of a certain age" mean?? And the last time I checked the mall has 98% of stores catering to women??? Is your last question for real??? Or were you being over the top funny???
No do tell.

 

 COMMENT 260393 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 04:10 PM

"of a certain age" is PC-speak for "old".

 

 COMMENT 260399 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 04:18 PM

I'm over 50 and Coldwater Creek was too old lady for me. Wish Ann Taylor Loft would come back - loved that store.

 

 COMMENT 260406 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 04:41 PM

@391. Most stores don't cater to WOMEN. They cater to that coveted 13-24 age demographic that spends every penny on their appearance. We "women of a certain age (yes, indeed - over 50, but staying healthy, fit and strong!), have precious few choices for clothes that are neither for teens nor frumps.

 

 COMMENT 260438 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 07:04 PM

There is a direct correlation between this thread and the one with hand photos.

 

 COMMENT 260444 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-28 07:47 PM

Me thinks the lady doth protest too much. Stores INDEED CATER TO WOMEN. Most shopping is done by women. And another thing, older women spend every DOLLAR on their appearance. Like turning fifty makes me spend less on the salon. Ha. SB RON who are you kidding. Yourself?????????? ps. Nordstums will bring you four clerks to wait on you. L.O.L

 

 COMMENT 260470P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 08:06 AM

Oh brilliant. Another reason to leave town to buy something Santa Barbara you can't get in this ultra-snobby town....... very sorry to see them go.

 

 COMMENT 260472P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 08:08 AM

044 Four salesclerks in Nordstroms? When were you last there?

And no, women do not spend every dollar on their appearance.

 

 COMMENT 260473P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 08:09 AM

I'm still missing Easy Spirit....

 

 COMMENT 260483 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 08:29 AM

The clothes are pretty but of lousy quality; sweaters always pill, colors fade and to pay $80 for a t-shirt - that's just ridiculous, esp since is will fade! and everything shrinks and will run when you wash it. THAT part is rarely seen in other store products. So, good bye!

 

 COMMENT 260491 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 09:03 AM

Nordstroms SB buyers do not suit my tastes in style or budget. Their stores in other areas are where I find things I like and are willing to pay the price but not in SB! I don't know who the SB buyers are thinking of in their selections.
Perhaps it's just people who will buy whatever they have when something 'new' is in order?

 

 COMMENT 260493 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 09:04 AM

What women of all ages do is to be overly concerned with being fashionable. That makes them targets for continuing changing "styles" and "fashions" so they often discard perfectly good clothes to buy more stylish garments. That is why the womens clothing business can be so profitable. The most eventfull things that occur in men's fashion is the width of ties, the thickness of belts and the collars of dress shirts. Men are far less likely to discard perfectly good clothing just to conform to the very latest "styles" and "fashions" hence there are fewer exclusively mens clothing stores.

 

 EARO65 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 09:24 AM

Such sad displays of sexism. Women, most likely, spend what they need to on clothes. Funny, whenever a high-profile woman politician is on the air, her clothes are evaluated, but the men are never evaluated in the same manner. (Santorum's vests are the exception.)

 

 COMMENT 260504 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 09:27 AM

Not so fast 493. Women are not targets. This is classic VICTIM language. Women go out and actively seek anything they can wear, or any makeup they can use, or any jewelry they can dangle to make themselves look more attractive. They are not INNOCENT PREY, like a trembling deer, and the retailers are not HUNTERS WITH GUNS. Often times they are one and the same. Its a process that is thousands of years old. Sad that most women's self esteems are so low, that they care what others think, say, wear, and tell THEM what is in or out of style. Women "ARE" the US economy for that very reason.

 

 COMMENT 260510 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 09:38 AM

@260391

"of a certain age" is a common euphemism for "middle aged". google the phrase, and look up the TV show "Men of a Certain Age" about a group of men in their late 40's.

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 10:00 AM

493: while men's clothing lines have fewer numbers of categories (although I understand Men's Accessories is making huge gains this year), quality and fit are still important to men. There are many styles that the younger guys embrace that are certainly considered faddish (Mad Men styles, bowling shirts, etc.) as well as the style types of Skater, Punk, Business, Collegiate, etc. Men can become attached to their clothing items (holey socks, paint-stained shirts, run-over heeled shoes, etc.) and hang on to them past their point of usefullness. Women are not so nostalgic about style, in general.

The "color board" is Pantone, a design industry advisory panel that picks specific colors/hues for the upcoming year based on design trends, so that color in both fashion and home decor (and in general merchandise and packaging fields) are on the same page. Think about fabric for expample, it needs to be designed, then manufactured before clothing lines can be created from it. This takes months, so it must be planned for well ahead of the season the clothes are sold.

 

 COMMENT 260531 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 10:36 AM

I am sure all of you who will be missing Coldwater Creek will still be finding them online or by catalog. Too expensive for my budget!

 

 COMMENT 260540 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 10:57 AM

Not one comment about the reality that Coldwater Creek makes its profits from exploiting third world workers for the benefit of cheapskate Americans (of a certain age or not)?

 

 NEIGHBOR agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 12:13 PM

I am a long time purchaser of Coldwater Creek clothing. I agree that for a while now what they have had to offer has not met the same color and style levels that I've appreciated for so long. I'm sure changing tastes has had some impact on that. Also lesser quality is an issue in so many of the places we shop these days. I do think we should buy as much as we can from US makers but that too can be challenging. Buying locally is really important to me. Some of the sales tax dollars stay in the community, and employees and business owners benefit when I do. Looking at the balance, I will really miss Coldwater Creek in Santa Barbara.
As a suggestion for those looking for additional shopping choices, there are a couple of locally owned shops in North County that have great clothes. They are Sue's Place in Lompoc at the intersection of North H Street & Ocean Ave, and Elna's on Copenhagen in Solvang. Looking in Elna's window you'll immediately be struck by the "local" fashion (Danish outfits), but inside there is a selection that's great of women's clothing like that from Tienello. Sue's Place in Lompoc always has a scarf or something else to set off whatever else I picked out.

 

 COMMENT 260632 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 02:07 PM

Not one comment 540..........but yours. God how I love being a cheap skate!

 

 COMMENT 260633 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 02:08 PM

Not one comment 540..........but yours. God how I love being a cheap skate!

 

 COMMENT 260711 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-02-29 06:42 PM

The store was alive and well yesterday. It's never had really great stuff in it and I think it's a shame people are losing their jobs, but not a huge shopping loss to anyone, I don't think.

 

 COMMENT 261533 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-03-03 02:26 PM

Their PR site says they are closing up to 45 low-performing stores. Does anyone actually know if our store is one of them? I know edhat tipsters are notorious for saying stores (Saks, Nordstrom) and businesses (Citrix, MTC) are going out of business all the time or leaving the area but there's not a lot of proof. This store may well be closing, but it irks me a bit that there's not a lot of follow up or authenticity required to post something that effects people's lives; local people work at these places and unless there's some solid evidence a place is closing down (like an announcement) it seems pretty gossipy and unkind to start rumors like that. I was in CWC the other day and the ladies there said they didn't think they were closing. So how does the original tipster explain that?

 

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