Iconic Atlanta Retailer Jeffrey Closes For Good After 30 Years

Parent company Nordstrom, INC. has shuttered the boutique's other two stores in New York, Palo Alto.
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Iconic Atlanta retailer Jeffrey has closed for good.

The boutique’s sister locations in New York and Palo Alto have also shuttered.

Parent company Nordstrom INC., which in 2005 took majority ownership in the Atlanta-based retailer in partnership with Founder Jeffrey Kalinsky, announced the decision Monday on the heels of closing 16 of its own department stores in the wake of COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, Nordstrom has made the decision to close all three Jeffrey stores,” according to the announcement which came directly from Kalinsky.

“While this decision is disappointing, we understand it’s a necessary step given the significant business impacts of this crisis.”

Kalinsky founded Jeffrey in Atlanta in 1990 with a storefront in Phipps Plaza, at 3500 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite A-3.

In 2018, the original location was expanded to a whopping 12,000 square feet as part of an overhaul of the high-end Buckhead mall.

In 1999, Jeffrey opened in New York, at 449 West 14th Street, and in Palo Alto, at 650 A Stanford Shopping Center, in 2018.

“On behalf of the entire team here ar Jeffrey we want to thank you for your loyalty and support,” Kalinsky wrote.

“On a more personal note, I want to thank you for the wonderful memories of meeting you and helping you in Atlanta, New York, and Palo Alto. Thank you for letting me and us be a part of your lives for the past 30 years.”

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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2 months ago

I’m guessing Jeffrey Kalinsky is gonna be alright–pretty sweet deal to have someone like Nordstrom to team-up with.
Hope those that are left jobless, because of all this, have much luck in finding more work!

2 months ago

Nothing makes me feel out of touch quite like the loss of an “iconic” Atlanta thing I’ve never heard of.

2 months ago
Reply to  citizenseven

Back in the 90s, Atlanta was sooo much smaller.
Something that was the newest, and the latest, was the talk of the town.
Now there’s so many people, and so much going on, that you’ve got to do something hugely epic (PCM for instance) to be the talk of the town and considered iconic…

2 months ago

That plus I’ve never been classy enough to shop at Phipps.

2 months ago
Reply to  citizenseven

Yeah, Phipps was never my go-to.
But back in the day, you knew who the movers & shakers were– because there were so few of them.
Guess it just depends on what circles you ran in.

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