New place for men at the mall
Bonobos, the online men’s clothing company known for its well-fitting pants, will soon have a physical store at Westfield Montgomery Mall — but you won’t be able to buy anything there. Bonobos stores, known as “Guideshops,” don’t stock much merchandise or handle any real-time sales transactions. Instead, they function as showrooms where men can make an appointment to be fitted, figure out what they like, and then follow up with an online order. It’s all part of a trend for online retailers (including Warby Parker, Athleta, Piperlime and even Amazon) to open physical spaces in major cities where customers can try before they buy. Montgomery Mall’s Bonobos store, which will be the third for the D.C. area, will open in a couple of months — right across from the guy-magnet Tesla showroom. Click here to check out the Bonobos website.
Cold Stone Creamery headed to the mall — plus opening updates
We hear that Cold Stone Creamery will soon be joining the food lineup at Westfield Montgomery Mall, opening early next year. Arriving sooner — probably around New Year’s — will be Chipotle and CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (click here to read more about CRAVE). In non-food news, the Kiehl’s skin-care store opens tomorrow (Dec. 19) at 11 a.m. with “mystery gift cards” for the first 50 customers.
What’s cooking at Potomac Grocer
Potomac Grocer, 10107 River Road in Potomac Village, is taking holiday orders for beef tenderloins, turkeys, party platters and more. For a look at what’s cooking for the holidays, click here to see a short video. To place an order, call 301-299-4200.
Goodbye P.F. Chang’s
Here’s some news that shouldn’t surprise anyone: P.F. Chang’s at the White Flint Mall will close its doors in January, leaving only Lord & Taylor still in business while the rest of the property is slated for demolition. Although there had been talk of a relocation for P.F. Chang’s, management now says the restaurant will come back to White Flint after the mall is rebuilt as an open-air shopping/dining complex. There’s still no word on the timing of that project, which has been held up by lawsuits from Lord & Taylor and the now-closed Dave & Buster’s.
Hello Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers rode back to Rockville this week for the first time in more than 25 years, opening Monday on the Pike across from Marlo Furniture. It’s a welcome return for many locals who have fond memories of the singing cowboy, the western-themed menu and the signature “Fixin’s Bar.” The Rockville restaurant is number 50 for a company that went from 600 locations to near-extinction before its current journey along the comeback trail. Click here to read more in our Nov. 13 edition.
Holiday Giveaway at Cabin John
Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall is offering an extra incentive for shoppers this month. Spend $25 or more at any merchant (except CVS or Giant) and get a cute LED light-up mug and a pack of Ghirardelli hot cocoa mix. Some of the cocoa packs also include a $50 gift certificate to one of Cabin John’s merchants. And be sure to register for the grand prize: a $50 gift certificate to every merchant at Cabin John (a $2,750 value).
We’re off for the holidays
Store Reporter is taking a break for the holidays. But like the Elf on the Shelf, we’ll still be watching (and posting on Facebook). Click here to like us.