Three big stores close at the mall
While we shoppers were all stuck at home in the blizzard this week, several longtime tenants made a quiet exit from Westfield Montgomery Mall. Read on to learn who’s out — and stay tuned to Store Reporter to find out who’s coming in.
Eileen Fisher exits
If you spent the past few days shoveling snow instead of pulling out your credit card, you missed your last chance to shop at the mall’s Eileen Fisher store. Doors closed Wednesday night (Jan. 27) after the retailer failed to reach new leasing terms with landlord Westfield Corp., staffers said. You can still shop Eileen Fisher at the mall’s Nordstrom store, or visit the company’s next-closest locations in Chevy Chase or Tysons Corner. For a look at Eileen Fisher’s current line, click here.
Adios to abercrombie kids
Abercrombie & Fitch closed its abercrombie kids store at the mall this week, leaving only the regular Abercrombie store — which doesn’t carry kids’ merchandise. If you’re a fan of Abercrombie’s kids line, you’ll have to head over to Tysons Corner. Abercrombie & Fitch, once a high-flyer in the retail world, has been on a long, slow slide these past few years. For a interesting take on went wrong, click here.
Hollister heads out
Also out at the mall this week is Hollister, another division of Abercrombie & Fitch that has struggled along with its parent company. Hollister, which sat right next to the Abercrombie store, was a magnet for teen shoppers just a couple of years ago. But their younger siblings, who prefer trendy, inexpensive fashions over pricey shirts with store logos, have moved on to stores like Zara, American Eagle and Forever 21.
Still time for our FREE Sculpt Studio offer
You still have a few days to take advantage of our special offer from Sculpt Studio, celebrating its second anniversary in downtown Bethesda. Your first class, on the gym’s Pilates-based Megaformer machines, is free through Sunday (Jan. 31). And just for Store Reporter readers: Sign up for a package of classes and get a free 30-minute private session with Sculpt owner Mary Farber (Use promo code STOREJAN). 4500 Auburn Avenue in the Woodmont Triangle, with easy parking nearby. Call (240) 600-0730 or click here.
Also closing at the mall
Two other businesses also have departed in the post-holiday shuffle at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The Fire & Ice gift shop, closing this weekend, will be replaced by a Marmi shoe store. Also out is the short-lived hair salon that replaced Bubbles on the mall’s lower level. Bubbles relocated last year to the Home Depot-anchored shopping center across the street.