Gap store closes at Coastland Center after opening in 1979

— The Gap has closed after 33 years at Coastland Center in Naples.

The store, which opened in 1979, planned to shutter its doors for good Monday. The store had signs posted throughout that told customers the store would be closing.

"We don't have plans to close any additional stores in Florida at this time," said Kimberly Terry, a Gap spokeswoman in the corporate office in San Francisco, in an email Monday. "Customers can continue to shop with us at the Waterside Shops."

The Waterside Shops store, 5495 U.S. 41 N., No. 7, is attached to a Baby Gap and Gap Kids.

A Gap Outlets store at Miromar Outlet in Estero, 10801 Corkscrew Road, also will remain open, Terry said.

Gap Inc. in October announced it was closing some U.S. stores and downsizing others to focus on expanding internationally. In recent years, Gap Inc. had suffered from weak sales as shoppers turned to trendier rivals to shop.

"As part of our real estate strategy — which we outlined in 2007 and provided an update on at our Investor Day in October — we're constantly re-evaluating our real estate portfolio to ensure we have the right stores in the right places to best serve our customers," Terry said.

Gap was working to retain workers from Coastland and position them in one of the company's other brand stores, including Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores.

"We have a strong track record of placing the majority of employees at either another Gap location or at one of our sister brands," Terry said.

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