PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The L.L. Bean outlet store in downtown Portland is now officially closed.
L.L. Bean announced that it would close the store last fall so it could focus on a new outlet it opened in Freeport.
A company spokeswoman says 14 employees will be affected by the shutdown, but L.L. Bean has been working to find them other positions in the company.
A spokesperson for L.L. Bean says the opening of another outlet store made keeping the Portland store open unfeasable. Portland city officials say they are aggressively looking for a new tenant.
The store opened in 1996 as part of the Libra Foundation's revitalization program for downtown Portland.
"We would like to see some destination oriented activity that will create pedestrian traffic on the street. We see that as an important element to maintain the vibrancy of portland's downtown," said Greg Mitchell, Portland's Economic Development Director.
City officials are hoping to secure a tenant within the next three to four months.