March 24th, 2014 | City

Brooks Brothers not coming to 1 Broadway

1 Broadway Avenue, which has been vacant since the closing of Au Bon Pain last year, will not be leased to Brooks Brothers, the University confirmed on Monday.

University Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs Bruce Alexander ’65 said University Properties is nearing an agreement with a tenant but it is not the high-end men’s clothing store, contrary to speculation.

“That’s a no to Brooks Brothers,” Alexander said. “We’re in serious negotiations with a particular tenant — two actually, there are two that are sort of joined at the hip.”

Alexander said the University will not announce the name of the tenant until it signs a lease. He said University Properties would like another “popular-priced apparel store” in the vicinity but that the Broadway-Elm-York corner is “not the place for it.”

Broadway tenants must be able to appeal to more people than just the student population, Alexander said. When students are away on University breaks, for instance, commerce must go on, he added.

He estimated that a lease will be signed in the next 30 days.