Despite recent closures, retail still strong on Walnut Street in Shadyside

SARA BAUKNECHT | April 8, 2019

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If you’ve taken a stroll recently along Walnut Street in Shadyside, you might have noticed something missing. A couple of longtime retailers in the neighborhood opened the year by closing their doors. J.Crew announced in late February that it would close its shop at 5433 Walnut St. by spring. Meanwhile, Talbots has moved out at 5428 Walnut St., leaving an empty two-level storefront in its place. These losses stirred up worries for some local shoppers. (The Post-Gazette even received emails from a couple of them.) Is Walnut Street in trouble? Are there more closures to come? Not likely. The consensus among shop owners and neighborhood officials is that these recent closures are part of the natural evolution of any retail district, not a sign of distress.

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