Old Navy, a popular clothing store in Menifee's Countryside Marketplace, will close by the end of the month, a commercial leasing agent said today.
Customers noticing empty shelves have been told the store is emptying its inventory. According to Ted Rivenbark, a spokesman for Lee & Associates, the business will vacate the location at the end of the month, when its lease expires.
Rivenbark said it is not unusual for a business to leave a location when a new lease agreement cannot be reached. This will take place even though Old Navy apparently was doing very well.
"This store was one of the top 10 locations in California," said Corey Wood, a manager at Old Navy. "It's just that our lease wasn't renewed."
Rivenbark said that Old Navy will be replaced by two businesses after remodeling of the property is completed this spring. One of those businesses will be Ulta Salon, which will sell beauty products. Negotiations for the other part of the property are ongoing with a retail clothing business.