Akira closes Andersonville clothing store after brutal year for local retail


ANDERSONVILLE – Clothing retailer Akira has closed its Clark Street store in Andersonville after 10 years, the latest in a series of businesses to close in the neighborhood.

The chain announced that its last day of operation at 5228 N. Clark St. was Sunday. A note in the store window thanked customers and asked them to patronize other Akira stores in the area.

The company made significant sales in the last few weeks of operation before announcing the close. An Akira spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

Akira debuted with a Wicker Park storefront in 2002. It has since expanded to 32 stores, according to its website. The sign on its Andersonville door asked customers to visit its stores in Bucktown and Skokie’s Old Orchard Mall.

Akira opened its Andersonville location in 2011 and has been a staple of the main stretch of the Clark Street Commercial Corridor ever since. But a number of highly visible Andersonville businesses have closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Other businesses to close in Andersonville over the past year include: Candyality, Crossroads, Martha Mae Art Supply Shop, Upmarket Passerotto Restaurant, Hamburgery Mary’s, Mary’s Attic, and Hair Cuttery .

Since the closures a number of new businesses have opened in closed storefronts including: Sweetgreen taking the place of Hamburger Mary, Evoke Tattoos in Mary’s Attic space, Land & Lake Andersonville in former Passerotto’s, G&L Home Decor in the old storefront Candyality and La Cuttery in the former Hair Cuttery space.

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