More bad news for Lakeforest Mall as popular sneaker and apparel retailer, Foot Locker, closed permanently today.
The mall has suffered some major losses lately with Starbucks and McDonald’s closing, and JC Penney announcing they’ll be closing in the near future.
No word yet on the future of the mall, but the pad sites (department stores) own the property they are on so it will be difficult for redevelopment in the area if any of them choose to stay.
Planet Aid Thrift Center, a popular thrift store in Baltimore, has moved to Rockville.
After closing its Catonsville location permanently last month, they announced a move to 5520 Randolph Rd in Rockville. It will be located in the Montrose Shopping Center bear MOM’s Organic Market.
Their Facebook page states that their opening date is still TBA.
The sign at Robeks in Research Row (Rockville) is up!
The fresh juice, smoothie, and açaí bowl franchise is coming to 1403 Research Row Blvd. Suite A7, where they’ll join Chick Fil A, One Life Fitness and the upcoming Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.
They expect to open the first week of May.
Robek’s was founded in Los Angeles in 1996 and is projected to have over 100 locations this year.
District Taco is opening their first MoCo location.
Last March the D.C. based Mexican restaurant signed a lease to open up a new location in The Blairs shopping center in Silver Spring.
After some delays we are told that the restaurant is “very close” to opening.
District Taco is taking over the vacant Oriental East location.
Baja Fresh in Germantown (19810 Century Blvd.) will close permanently today.
Over the weekend we were sent a link to an online auction announcing Baja Fresh lost their lease and will be making a complete liquidation.
This morning they announce that today will be their last day.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is Coming to MoCo! According to Eater, the Columbus, Ohio based chain will open a location on Bethesda Row’s Elm Street.
Founder Jeni Britton Bauer started the chain in 2002 and has amassed a large social media following in recent years. This will be the 35th location nationwide and the first in Maryland. It is expected to open this fall.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams offers the following flavors:
Kate Spade has closed its Bethesda Row location after 3 and a half years at 4803 Bethesda Ave.
The store’s last day was Saturday, April 27th. There is still a MoCo Kate Spade store at the Clarksburg outlets.
The owner of Michael’s Noodles, a restaurant located in Travilah Square from 2002-2017, will be opening Wang Dynasty in Bethesda.
Wang Dynasty will open May 1st in the location that was home to Shanghai Village in Bethesda (4929 Bethesda Ave.).
King’s Craft Beer, Wine, & Deli has applied for an alcoholic beverage license in King Farm.
They’ll be located on King Farm Blvd., next to King Farm Cleaners and Tailors, caddy corner to Safeway.
We are speculating that this will be similar to concepts like Downtown Crown Wine & Beer (Gaithersburg), Brew Belly (Olney), and Knowles Station (Kensington)– A craft beer & wine spot you can hang out in, drink some beer/wine, eat some food, and enjoy time with friends.
We’ll have more information as soon as it’s available.
A couple weeks ago we heard rumors of the possible closing/relocation of Buffalo Wild Wings in Rockville Town Square.
Last night a thread was started on Reddit, a social news aggregation and discussion website, that made the rumor public.
We reached out to Buffalo Wild Wings two weeks ago and this morning and were told the same thing both times– “We are engaged in renewal negotiations and there are no plans to close or move from this location.”