Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Andrea Williams, of Toronto, Canada, shows off a purchase from an Anthropologie store in Chicago in 2008. (Photo: Andrea Williams)

The empty, glass-front building at 48 Brattle St. in Harvard Square — until Jan. 25, 2009, a Crate & Barrel housewares store — will be an Anthropologie clothing store, city councillor Ken Reeves said Monday in a City Council meeting. The information has been discussed for some weeks, and was even mentioned on Yelp in early June. Signs of the change are already visible at the building.

The chain began in 1992, in Wayne, Pa., and now has more than 100 stores around the world. As a sister to Urban Outfitters, the stores sell apparel and accessories “for contemporary and sophisticated women, primarily in the 30-45 year old demographic,” according to thestreet.com. (The business-oriented site called Urban Outfitters one of the 10 healthiest retailers of the year.)

The Crate & Barrel opened on Brattle Street in 1979. (A piece from The Harvard Crimson runs down the history here.) There remains a company furniture store on 1045 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Central squares.

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