New pizza on the Pike
Pizza CS, the Rockville restaurant known for its authentic Neapolitan-style pies, is venturing into new territory for its upcoming second location at Edmonston Crossing on the Pike. “The menu will focus on 18-inch New York-style pizzas with a thin crust,” says co-owner Ankur Rajpara. “We’ll also do subs, wings, and a pan-baked pizza called Sicilian. And we may do the ‘grandma-style’ pizza, which is a thin-crust Sicilian that’s native to Brooklyn and Long Island.” The new restaurant will offer takeout and delivery only, in contrast with its sit-down older sister at the Twinbrook Metro Center. Both restaurants will have fresh competition from Pie 360, a make-your-own pizza place that just opened on the ground floor of the Galvan at Twinbrook complex.
Three stores out at Westfield Montgomery Mall
This week we say goodbye to three stores at Westfield Montgomery Mall that didn’t survive the holidays. First to exit was The Limited, which is closing stores across the country as it prepares to file for bankruptcy. Also out is Smart Toys, a longtime tenant that doubled as Halloween Adventure every fall. And R. Riveter, a Shark Tank-backed business featuring handbags sewn by military spouses, has closed its doors after a short run in the former Eileen Fisher space. Even though the concept didn’t appear to catch on with shoppers at Westfield Montgomery, R. Riveter tells us it’s looking to open other pop-up stores in the D.C. area.
Macy’s, Sears and Aéropostale will stay at the mall
This week Macy’s and Sears released their lists of stores that will be closing nationwide. As you might have guessed, the Macy’s and Macy’s Home stores at Westfield Montgomery Mall will not be among the casualties. Neither will the mall’s Sears store, despite its increasingly incongruent presence as Westfield Montgomery moves in a more upscale direction. Also staying put is the teen store Aéropostale, which survived a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and is finally taking down those “Store Closing” signs that were plastered on its windows for months.
Kids’ boutique exits Pike & Rose
Yogaso, a children’s store that was among the first tenants to open at Pike & Rose, will close its doors next week to focus on Internet sales. “We thought it would be great to have a brick-and-mortar store so people could see, feel and touch our products,” says owner Alem Beshir, who carries clothing, toys and accessories from around the world. But with web traffic outpacing foot traffic in her second year of business, Beshir decided to focus on her website with occasional local pop-up shows. Yogaso fans can continue to shop the line at www.yogaso.com.