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Men’s clothier chain to open new shop in SF

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SANTA FE — A men’s clothing store is slated to begin operations next month in a location that previously sold women’s clothing in downtown Santa Fe.

JoS. A. Bank Clothiers will open a new store in Santa Fe “sometime in April” at 130 Lincoln Ave., according to Julio Campos, assistant manager at the chain’s Albuquerque Uptown location.

It will occupy the site that has been vacant since Talbots closed there more than a year ago, in January 2012. Remodeling and similar work has been under way there in recent days.

Quite a few clients drive from Santa Fe to shop at the Albuquerque store, which is the only JoS. A. Bank location in New Mexico and has been open for about six years, said Campos. “It was time to get another location in New Mexico,” he said in a recent telephone interview.

The stores will be close enough that they could transfer merchandise as needed, he noted.

Campos said he didn’t know the square footage of the Santa Fe store or how many people will be employed here. A Journal email to the corporate headquarters did not receive a response.

JoS. A. Bank opened its 600th store last November in Miami and has set a goal of additional expansion to about 800 stores — 700 full-line stores and 100 factory stores, according to a company news release related to the Miami opening.

R. Neal Black, CEO of JoS. A. Bank, said in that release, “Over the past five years, we have opened more than 190 new stores and created more than 3,000 jobs in the United States. Our balance sheet continues to be strong and it positions us to be able to focus on the long-term growth prospects of the company.”

The company, established in 1905, designs, manufactures and retails men’s classically styled tailored and casual clothing, sportswear, footwear and accessories.

Headquartered in Hampstead, Md., it also operates a nationwide catalog and an e-commerce website at www.josbank.com, according to its website.

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