June 7, 2018 By Tara Law
The LOFT store on Austin Street will convert to an outlet, a spokesperson for LOFT’s parent company Ann Inc. confirmed Thursday.
LOFT, which was formerly Ann Taylor Loft, is an extension of the Ann Taylor women’s clothing brand.
The Forest Hills store located at 70-31 Austin St. closed for modifications on June 2, and will reopen as a LOFT Outlet on June 30, the spokesperson said.
LOFT, established in 1996, is known for offering office-appropriate clothing for women. The brand targets a somewhat younger clientele than Ann Taylor.
The LOFT store is the latest big-name retailer to have opened an outlet in Queens, or to have converted a shop into an outlet.
The stores that have converted into an outlet include Ann Taylor’s Austin Street shop, which it changed into a factory store in 2014. Additionally, Banana Republic and Gap have both opened factory stores on 82nd Street in Jackson Heights in recent years.