WESTFIELD, NJ — Chico’s, a chain of women’s clothing and accessories stores, will close its Downtown Westfield shop on Elm Street by the end of the month, according to employees. Customers are receiving cards that read, “This boutique is relocating to Chicos.com.”

Locations at The Mall at Short Hills and Bridgewater Commons remain open, according to the handout. Chico’s has not yet responded for comment.

Chico’s is the latest chain retailer to close its Westfield location. Others have included City Sports, Eileen Fisher and Coldwater Creek.  

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In July, Mayor Andy Skibitsky told the town council that he had created the Mayor’s Downtown Task Force, a volunteer committee that will advise the council on what changes should be made in the town’s laws to keep up with the paradigm shift in the retail industry that is negatively affecting Downtown Westfield.

“Online sales are certainly outpacing growth in the brick-and-mortar stores, in general,” Skibitsky told the council during its July conference meeting.

Skibitsky said at the time that he hoped to get a report from the committee in six months.

“If they come up with anything that they think we should start working on immediately, because we know that it takes a while to make changes to our ordinances, then I’m going to tell them to bring it to us right away," he said.

To read more about the task force, click here.