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Trader Joe’s in Travilah, CAVA on Rockville Pike, Dave & Buster’s at Rio




Trader Joe's


Trader Joe’s at Travilah? Not just yet

Disappointing news for Trader Joe’s fans in Rockville: The new location at Travilah Square Shopping Center is really behind schedule. While the store initially was expected to open by early spring, construction has been delayed — and now we hear that it might not even arrive before the holidays. A company spokesman was noncommittal: “Later this year” was all we could get. The Gaithersburg Trader Joe’s will be closing once the new store opens, but the Rockville location is staying put.





Photo via CAVA


Another CAVA for Rockville

CAVA opened its newest Montgomery County location this week, joining newcomer Honeygrow at the former Timpano site on Rockville Pike. The two eateries mark the beginning of an upcoming restaurant row that soon will include Five Guys and Slapfish. Never heard of Slapfish? Click here. Wondering when CAVA is going to open at Cabin John? Click here.



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Rio Washingtonian Center


Dave & Buster’s rolls into Rio

Nine months after we first reported that Dave & Buster’s would be heading to Gaithersburg’s Rio Washingtonian Center, the deal finally became official this week. The gaming chain, which has been seeking a new location in this area since the White Flint Mall was torn down, is moving into the former Sport & Health space near the movie theater. And we hear there are more renovations on the way for Rio. Stay tuned.



My Best Friend's Closet


My Best Friend’s Closet grows up

A lot has changed at My Best Friend’s Closet since the boutique opened nearly a decade ago in Rockville. Once a go-to for tweens in search of gently used clothing and party wear, the store now carries all-new merchandise that takes its customers into their 20s and beyond. Partners Susan Olan and Cheryl Rhodes say the same young women who first came looking for bat mitzvah dresses are now out of college and still shopping at the store — as are their mothers. While My Best Friend’s Closet no longer carries any recycled items, the store has managed to keep prices down by working with vendors whose clothes can’t be found in department stores. My Best Friend’s Closet, 9735 Traville Gateway Drive, 301-340-3233.




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Oreck vacuum store at Federal Plaza


Vacuum store bites the dust

This week we received a lot of reader mail about the unexpected closing of the Oreck store at Federal Plaza on Rockville Pike. Some customers who had dropped off their vacuums for repair are now trying to figure out how to get them back. Oreck is directing people to its next-closest store in Ellicott City, where some of the missing vacuums apparently have shown up. To get in touch with that store, click here.



Did you miss these stories?

  • Mix Bar & Grille closes in Potomac Village. Click here.
  • Hank Dietle’s burns down. Click here.
  • The Halal Guys opens at Wintergreen Plaza: Click here.
  • Westfield Montgomery Mall sees more closings: Click here.
  • Chevy Chase Supermarket plans a spinoff in Rockville: Click here.
  • Cabin John restaurant update: Click here.
  • Brookstone and Golf Galaxy close their doors: Click here.
  • Uniqlo Japanese clothing chain is coming to Pike & Rose: Click here.



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  1. Robin Savitz

    Fyi – meant to tell you last week, that Chevy Chase Market, in addition to College Gardens, is also opening a store in Poolesville!

  2. What is to happen to the shopping area where the Chevy Chase Market is now???
    Are they planning to remodel this shopping area or is there to be condos or apartments to be in that space?

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