Everett Stunz bedding store staying in Village of La Jolla

The Everett Stunz luxury bedding, linen and mattress shop — considered an anchor store in the Village of La Jolla — will stay at its 7616 Girard Ave. location, owner Phil Coller announced. Although the plan was to close the Village store and focus on the Everett Stunz location in Westfield UTC Shopping Center, which has been open for 18 months, the UTC store has had to close in light of renovations underway at the mall.

Rather than explore a whole new location, management decided to “re-commit” to the Village location and remain open.

“Once we knew (we had to close the UTC location), we worked with the mall to make the move as smooth as possible. We might go back there when the time is right,” Coller said. “But we are so happy to stay.”

He added, “We are going to be open seven days a week, which will hopefully bring some traffic to this end of La Jolla, and be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. We hope all our La Jolla customers will still come and see us. We also hope to bring the UTC customers to La Jolla to see us here.”

Should they decide to open again in UTC, it would be a second location, rather than a sole location.

In summer 2014, Coller opened the Everett Stunz in UTC and in May 2015, announced the Village location would close once the entire inventory was sold. Over the last several months, a sign has been posted in the door indicating the Girard Avenue store would soon close.

“We really struggled with the decision to close this store,” Coller said, and that after 54 years in the Village, “it was a lot to leave behind.” Management was hoping for better exposure and access at the UTC location, prompting the move.

But the UTC mall is undergoing a $500 million renovation that will add 400,000 net square feet and 2,000 parking spaces. The area where the Everett Stunz store is located will be demolished as part of the renovation, and while Coller knew the demolition would affect their business, he thought it wouldn’t be until 2017. But plans suddenly accelerated, and Coller was told their store would be demolished starting January 2016 and in mid-December they were told they would have to shut down the store.

Everett Stunz, 7616 Girard Ave., La Jolla. (800) 883-3305.