Loehmann’s Turns Tragic Fire Into Opportunity

We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails about the status of Loehmann’s department store at Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza (2027 Emmons Avenue). We were surprised to see that they’ve stayed closed so long, and calls to Loehmann’s corporate offices went unreturned. We were lucky enough to stop by last week as a contractor was at work. Though he didn’t want to say anything officially, he told us Loehmann’s planned to reopen in early February, but judging from the progress he didn’t think that was a likely goal. On the upside, Loehmann’s is using the opportunity to totally renovate its location, and you can see in the photos that carpeting, ceiling tiles, and other accoutrements are being torn out to make way for some new flash.

The location, as many probably know, is still closed after the November 21 fire at XO Creperie next door. Loehmann’s originally planned to reopen after Thanksgiving, but later sent out a notice to “Loehmann’s E-mail Insider” subscribers saying they would remain closed until further notice.