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Big plans for Westfield Montgomery Mall, Chico’s checks out of Potomac Village — plus Mexican at Travilah & Korean BBQ on the Pike




Rendering of future development at Westfield Montgomery

Rendering via Westfield Montgomery


Major makeover for Montgomery Mall

This week we finally got a peek at the master plan for redeveloping Westfield Montgomery Mall into a living, working, shopping and dining community a la Pike & Rose. Most of the mall will remain intact — with the exception of Sears, which finally will close its doors next March — but plans calls for extensive additions including office space, apartments, a hotel, pedestrian walkways, and outdoor promenades lined with upscale stores and restaurants. Also on the way: a large fitness center with a dedicated parking lot. (No names have been revealed yet, but we’re hearing it’s Equinox.) The entire expansion plan will take about four years, beginning in spring 2019 after Sears is torn down. Additional renderings and a site plan can be found on our Facebook page; click here to check them out.







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Chico's in Potomac Village


Chico’s checks out of the Village

Say goodbye to Chico’s in Potomac Village, which is closing its doors after a two-decade run next to Hunter’s Bar and Grill. The exit is part of a national downsizing for the women’s retailer, whose next-closest location is at Rockville’s Congressional Plaza. The Potomac Village store will be open until Monday (June 25th), but there’s not much left on the racks. 



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Taco platter from Cafe Rio


Mexican fare at Travilah Square

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill will open its third Montgomery County location next week at Travilah Square Shopping Center off Darnestown Road. In addition to the usual crowd-pleasing Mexican dishes (tacos, enchiladas, salads, etc.), the restaurant is known for its fresh-made lemonades and specialty drinks like horchata, a traditional sweet beverage made with milk, rice and cinnamon. (Click here for a peek at the menu.) Cafe Rio is the first of a new wave of tenants for the revamped Travilah Square, which soon will include the True Food Kitchen spinoff Flower Child (click here for more in our May 17th issue) — and of course Trader Joe’s (click here for the latest).



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Honey Pig Korean BBQ


Honey Pig on the Pike

Honey Pig Korean BBQ has opened its doors at Montrose Crossing; you’ll find it in the strip mall behind Old Navy. This is the fifth D.C.-area location for Honey Pig, which offers a wide-ranging menu that includes bulgogi, dumplings, bibimbap, noodle soups and stews. Click here to check it out.



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Did you miss these stories?

  • Slapfish to open next month on Rockville Pike. Click here.
  • Park Potomac gets a new clothing boutique. Click here.
  • Rio Washingtonian gets a movie theater revamp. Click here.
  • Trader Joe’s opening soon at Travilah Square. Click here.
  • Poki D.C. and The Baked Bear heading to Rio Washingtonian Center. Click here.
  • MOM’s Organic Market opens on Shady Grove. Click here.
  • Wildwood Shopping Center summer update. Click here.
  • Cabin John Q&A: What’s the plan? Click here.
  • Wegmans in Rockville: Your questions answered. Click here.
  • Pike & Rose will get an Asian food hall: Click here.



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1 Comment

  1. Potomac resident

    Now Chico’s is closing, along with Mix Grill, and Fortune Garden Chinese restaurant and soon Walgreens will be vacating next year to consolidate in the Rite Aid space across the street-with all these empty spaces, the Potomac Village DESPERATELY needs a good restaurant (or three) and maybe even a good quick food chain like Cava or Fish Taco or Sweet Green,ect. We do NOT need any more banks at The Potomac Village !

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