The Westfield Trumbull Mall has a new vacancy to fill.
Denali, the outdoor goods and apparel store, closed Monday, surprising Trumbull residents and employees who lamented the departure on Facebook.
“Trumbull Mall loses another…Denali Outdoors owners came in the wee hours of the early morning yesterday and cleared it out without their staff knowing, and without the mall even knowing,” read a Tuesday post by former employee Jasmin Alicea who, like dozens of her coworkers, is out of the job.
The post, which feature several photos of emptied shelves and closed doors, gained more than 100 comments from residents questioning the closure.
According to Alicea, she, along with her coworkers, were made aware of the departure Monday morning before their shifts. The store had roughly a dozen employees prior to closing.
Though surprised, she told Hearst Connecticut Media that discussions of a store closure started in April, when management told employees they planned to shut down the Trumbull location at the end of May. As the deadline approached, plans were postponed until 2020, adding to uncertainties, she said.
“We were all under the impression that we were closing at the end of May, but nobody was giving us information on the exact date,” Alicea said. “At the end of May they said, ‘never mind we will close in February.’”
The Trumbull location is the latest Denali’s closure, joining the Guilford-based company’s Branford store, which also shut down this week, according to reports.
The 5,000-square-foot, mall-based Trumbull store opened in 2015 and was Denali’s only store in Fairfield County. The store was near the mall’s main entrance opposite the Cheesecake Factory.
The company had seven locations with five in Connecticut and two in Rhode Island.
The company reportedly closed its Rhode Island stores last month, as part of a “restructuring process” for the brand.
Mall officials declined to comment on Denali’s closure.
The Guilford company did not immediately respond to several inquiries for comment and details.