Need Supply Co., a clothier that’s been a fixture of Carytown since the 1990s, will permanently shutter due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company, which sells both its house-brand items and other brands, has a retail store in Carytown, online operations, and headquarters and warehouse facilities in Scott’s Addition and Sandston.
“Need Supply has made the difficult decision to wind-down its business and operations in an orderly fashion” said attorney Corey Booker of Whiteford, Taylory & Preston, who is representing Need and it’s parent company, NSTO. Booker declined to comment further.
NSTO is the parent company of both Need and Totokaelo, which is another clothing brand that has stores in Seattle and New York. NSTO has offices in Richmond and New York. It’s unclear how, if at all, Need Supply’s closing affects NSTO or Totokaelo.
Need’s shutdown is expected to take place in the next several months.
The representative declined to comment on the future of Need’s real estate, which includes a store at 3100 W. Cary St. and a headquarters at 3301 W. Moore St., as well as a warehouse at 1600 Belleville St. in Scott’s Addition and a warehouse in Sandston. Need also has a store in Tokyo.
Need was founded in Richmond in 1996. It originally sold used Levi’s jeans before expanding to offer a wider selection of men and women’s clothing. Need’s current Carytown location opened in 2010. The store temporarily closed in response to the pandemic but reopened in late May.
The company in recent years had consistently raised investor capital and also landed on the RVA 25 list of Richmond’s fastest-growing companies.
Need’s pending departure from Carytown comes amid a shakeup of the neighborhood brought on by the pandemic and other factors.
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