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August 19, 2021

Eyewear chain Warby Parker leases historic Yale-area storefront

Photo | Liese Klein The historic building at 268 York St., soon to be home to a Warby Parker eyewear store.

Upscale eyewear retailer Warby Parker has leased a historic building near the Yale campus and will open a store later this year, university officials said Wednesday.

A century-old brick structure at 268 York St. at the corner of Broadway will house the new store, the chain’s fourth in the state. It also has locations in Farmington, Norwalk and Greenwich.

David DelVecchio, director of real estate asset management at Yale, said, “We are excited to announce Warby Parker’s plans to open one of their latest retail locations.” 

According to job listings on the Warby Parker website, the New Haven store will open in the winter. 

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The interior of Warby Parker's store in Washington, D.C.

The eyewear chain, which sells frames at prices starting at about $100, takes the place of the only U.S. outlet of menswear retailer Gant. Gant’s store closed earlier this summer and the corner windows are now papered with advertisements for The Shops at Yale, the university’s retail portfolio. 

Warby Parker joins national chains including Lululemon, Bluemercury, LL Bean and Patagonia on the Broadway shopping strip. 

Before Gant and a short-lived vegan boutique, the building had housed Barrie Ltd. Booters for 70 years. Barrie closed in 2003, citing new lease provisions issued by Yale that required longer hours. 

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