Crate & Barrel flagship store to shutter

American furniture and homeware brand Crate & Barrel has announced it will be closing its flagship store in Singapore.

The outlet at Orchard Gateway @ Emerald, which first opened its doors to the public five years ago, will remain in operation till Nov 10.

The 25,000 sq ft retail space spans five storeys - from Basement 2 to Level 3.

With the closure, the American brand will have just one remaining store in Singapore - at Ion Orchard.

In a media release yesterday, Crate & Barrel said consumers here can still head to its boutique store at Ion Orchard to view its collection of furniture, kitchenware and other home-accessory options.

It added that its e-commerce site, which was launched in July last year, will also remain in operation.

Crate & Barrel's announcement of closure comes after department store Metro shut down its flagship store at The Centrepoint last month amid a retail slowdown.

However, Crate & Barrel maintains a positive outlook on the brand's future.

It said in the release that it is considering overseas expansion to Malaysia, both on their e-commerce site and a brick-and-mortar store.

"This will help increase our brand visibility and representation in today's retail marketplace, specifically in the South-east Asia region," the store added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'Crate & Barrel flagship store to shutter'. Print Edition | Subscribe