Michaels Arts & Crafts store in Bradlee Shopping Center in Alexandria, Virginia

Michaels Opens 25,000 sq foot store in Alexandria, Virginia

This is an update to this post. As we told you first last year, Michaels, the national arts and crafts chain, is opening its first location in the city of Alexandria, Virginia in the Bradlee Shopping Center.

We have confirmed that the store opened for business on Friday, September 2, 2016 during Labor Day weekend. This is two (2) days earlier than initially planned. The opening is a SOFT opening with a grand opening planned for later in the month, likely 1-2 weeks after the initial soft opening. Right now, we hear if all goes according to plan, the grand opening will be Sunday, September 18.

As mentioned previously, the Alexandria Michaels store is two (2) floors and roughly 25,000 square feet with a little more than 12,000 square feet at street level. The downstairs space was once part of the Washington Sports Club, which closed last year.

Michaels is the largest arts and crafts specialty retailer in North America, featuring art supplies, general crafts and seasonal/home décor.

The store website is online and the store is now HIRING! Visit this link to apply for hourly and management positions.

Site of the new Guitar Center in Alexandria Commons Shopping Center on Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia

File photo

UPDATE (9:35 AM 9/1)): Heard back from Guitar center on the opening time frame. Added below.

Music lovers in Alexandria, Virginia will soon have a new place to hang out in the area as a new Guitar Center location is opening in the Alexandria Commons Shopping Center. Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment. With more than 270 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years.

Sources tell us Guitar Center has signed a lease with JBG Retail for the 23,000+ square foot location. While work is underway at the new location, it is unclear on the time frame for opening. We have reached out to Guitar Center and JBG Retail on the time frame.

I heard back from Guitar center on the time frame for opening. A spokeswoman tells us Guitar Center is scheduled to open in Alexandria in January of 2017.

The new Guitar Center will be replacing the long closed Staples in the upper level of the shopping center near the Virginia ABC store, AT&T, Panera Bread, the UPS Store, and more. This would make it the fifth store in the immediate Washington, D.C. area for Guitar Center – joining locations in Falls Church, Fairfax, Rockville, and the soon-to-open Silver Spring location.

Guitar Center at 3155 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia

(H/T Stacy)

Sports Authority Potomac Yard

This is an update to this post. Sporting goods chain Sports Authority earlier this year filed for bankruptcy, and put out a list of stores that it said would be closing as a result.

Now, Sports Authority is shutting down all of its 463 locations nationwide, including its Alexandria, Virginia location at Potomac Yard Shopping Center, as part of a liquidation process expected to take last through August 31, 2016.

If you’ve been waiting for that next big sale to pick up outdoor sporting goods, you are in luck. At the going out of business sale at Sports Authority, right now, you can get up to 30% off the list price. Peaked inside the Potomac Yard store after snapping this photo and boy was the place jammed packed.

Sports Authority

Massive Sports Authority Going Out of Business Sale Starts

This is an update to this post. Sporting goods chain Sports Authority earlier this year filed for bankruptcy, and put out a list of stores that it said would be closing as a result.

Now, Sports Authority is shutting down all of its 463 locations nationwide, including its Alexandria, Virginia location at Potomac Yard Shopping Center, as part of a liquidation process expected to take several months.

The retailer ended its equipment service plans and warranties Monday, according to an email from CEO Michael Foss to customers. Foss also announced the closing sale and said the sale would run through the end of August 2016.

The company’s initial plan was to restructure its debt and close 140 stores, which would have spared the Alexandria, Virginia location.

If you’ve been waiting for that next big sale to pick up outdoor sporting goods, you are in luck. At the going out of business sale at Sports Authority, right now, you can get up to 30% off the list price.

Sports Authority

Sports Authority

Sporting goods chain Sports Authority earlier this year filed for bankruptcy, and put out a list of stores that it said would be closing as a result.

Now, Sports Authority is shutting down all of its 463 locations nationwide, including its Alexandria, Virginia location at Potomac Yard Shopping Center, as part of a liquidation process expected to take several months.

The company’s initial plan was to restructure its debt and close 140 stores, which would have spared the Alexandria, Virginia location.

Attorneys for Sports Authority reported earlier this month the company was unable to bring its creditors and lenders on board with that reorganization plan.

We understand a HUGE store closing sale is planned. Stay tuned…

Sports Authority

The Sugar Cube in Alexandria, Virginia on King Street
The closing doesn’t appear to be sales or rent related. The owners want to spend more time with family.

In an email to customers today, Sugar Cube owners Alyssa & Kimberly Theodore wrote:

Good Morning!

It is with a mixture of excitement and apprehension that we announce that The Sugar Cube will close for business on May 25th.

Over the past ten years we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our love of sweets with all of you. We opened our doors in 2006 on N. Lee Street with a vision of building a modern candy store that celebrated sweets of all stripes. Together we discovered Swedish gummies, a world of licorice we never knew existed, and your enduring love of fruit slices, red licorice laces, and malt balls in every flavor. We have been part of the rise of the artisan truffle movement, supporting such fine chocolatiers as Artisan Confections, Norman Love Confections, Christopher’s Confections, Zoe’s Chocolate Co., and Chocolaterie Wanders. We have watched the birth of American, bean-to-bar chocolate. We hope that you will still support amazing local chocolatiers (Potomac Chocolate, Kingsbury Chocolates, Zoe’s Chocolate, Nathan Miller, Fleurir & Blüprint) and continue to seek out and support new makers.

Closure will begin May 9th with 20% off all merchandise. Shop early to stock up on your favorites. Remember, with proper care good chocolate will last 9-12 months. As we near our closure date, discounts will increase. We will officially close our doors at 7:00 pm on May 25th.

We look forward to beginning a new chapter in our lives, one that will allow us time to focus on our families – the husbands and children that have joined our lives these last few years.

While saying goodbye is bittersweet, we have greatly enjoyed being a part of the community. In the coming weeks we will be in and around the store and hope that you stop in so that we can have the opportunity to say thank you in person.

Thank you for your friendship and patronage.

Confectionately,

Alyssa and Kimberly Theodore
Owners, The Sugar Cube

(H/T Laurie)

Specs New York at 217 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Specs New York is taking over the retail space at 217 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia which previously housed Andrea’s Boutique. No word on opening date for the new Specs New York as yet.

Specs New York motto is “born into creativity, focused on quality, inspired by art and connected to the people”. They have a reputation of being one of the best designer eyewear stores in the United States with a HUGE selection of eyewear (Versace, Ray Ban, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Luxottica, Safil, and more!).

Specs New York is hiring associates for their new King Street location. Interested applicants can send their resume and references to DMVjobs@SpecsNewYork.com.

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