NEW: Longtime Wayland Square Women’s Clothing Store Dorothy Williams Closing in Providence

Monday, July 08, 2019

 

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Dorothy Williams in Wayland Square is closing. Photo: GoLocalProv.com

Dorothy Williams, the longtime Wayland Square women’s clothier in Providence, is closing.

“Store closing — everything must go,” was postered on store windows over the weekend. 

The long-standing classic couture boutique was bought by Jenna Stockman in 2016. 

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The store had been located in Wayland Square for more than half a century.

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The move marks the latest in changes in the East Side commercial district. 

As GoLocal reported in 2017, "Is Wayland Square the ‘Canary in the Coal’ Mine for the Slow Death of Retail?"

In the past few months, three long-time retailers have left Wayland Square — the upscale shopping area on Providence’s East Side.

It is an area that hosts upscale clothing shops where a men’s jacket can cost $1,000 and has the running store that features a pair of running shoes for more than $200.

The shopping area caters to the East Side’s most affluent.

The three stores that closed their Wayland Square locations were traditional retailers — jewelry, a bookstore, and a furniture store.

As of the summer 2019 — a store for running shoes is no longer, and a Lululemon has replaced the corner anchor where jeweler Alex and Ani once was. 

This story was first published 7/7/19 8:11 PM

Dorothy Williams, the longtime Wayland Square women’s clothier in Providence, is closing.

“Store closing — everything must go,” was postered on store windows over the weekend. 

 
 

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