Urban Home faces closure; Bonefish Grill closes doors

Urban Home prepares to close its doors at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, advertising up to 80% off its inventory. Cory RUbin/The Signal
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The choices are changing in Valencia for mall shoppers, store officials confirmed Tuesday.

While many regulars have already noticed the closure of Bonefish Grill, a recent announcement about Urban Home’s pending closure was confirmed Tuesday by a store employee at the Oxnard-based retail furniture store.

A call to the corporate office seeking comment regarding the pending closure of Urban Home was not answered Tuesday, but a worker at the location confirmed employees were told recently that the location would ultimately close.

“We’re still open, but we don’t what day we’re going to be closing,” said Esmarelda Herrera, assistant manager for the Valencia location, who referred further inquiries to UrbanHome.com. The store was still selling its merchandise as of Tuesday, she said, adding no definitive closing date had been given, but employees were notified, and it could take as long as “a couple months” to sell the store’s inventory.

A statement from Bonefish’s corporate owner, Bloomin’ Brands, first reported by EatSCV.com, indicated it was an isolated closing due to the store’s financial performance.

“Closing the restaurant was a difficult decision based solely on business circumstances,” according to an email from Elizabeth Watts, director of media and community relations for Bloomin’ Brands, shared with The Signal. “We’re proud to have been part of the Valencia community for the past three years.”

This decision was not a reflection on the restaurant’s employees, who were all provided a severance package, according to Watts, in her statement.

Bonefish Grill’s closure at the Westfield Valencia Town Center did not appear to affect the other locations, according to a Tustin franchisee reached by phone Tuesday.

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