Earlier this week, Brooks Brothers officially marked their return back to Downtown LA with the installation of new “Opening Spring 2013″ window signs at the Jonathan Club at 6th and Figueroa. You might remember we first reported about Brooks Brothers coming to the JC back in Nov 2012, which is another sign that the Downtown LA retail scene is starting to come back to life again after an extended dormancy.
Brooks Brothers has been closely tied with Downtown LA since the late 1930s as it was originally housed in the Brockman Building at 7th and Grand where the popular restaurant Bottega Louie is now located. Interestingly enough, Brooks Brothers relocated in 1989 directly across the street from the Jonathan Club (catercorner) but closed down in March 2010.
Downtown LA has been gaining tremendous momentum over the last several years, especially when it comes to the culinary scene. With the new City Target opening in October 2012 at the new FIGat7th and a major remodeling planned for Macy’s Plaza, retailers are expected to be the next wave of developments downtown in the next 5 years. Brooks Brothers returning to Downtown LA is a testament to the rebound in the downtown market.
With only two stores in LA (a flagship on Rodeo Drive and another at Westfield Century City), this will be Brooks Brothers third LA location in Downtown LA. The 1,400 square foot store is actively under construction replacing the former Ixora floral shop located directly next to the Jonathan Club’s main entrance fronting Figueroa. Brooks Brothers Downtown LA is slated to open in late April/early May 2013.