Check out this restaurant/retail space for lease in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Check out this 7,000 square foot of retail/restaurant space spread out over two floors at 815 King Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

This stretch of King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia gets A LOT of foot traffic and used to house the Flying Fish Restaurant, which closed unexpectedly in 2015 (see this link as well).

Retail space like this along King Street is rarely available and it should also be noted that the King Street retail vacancy rate is less than 3%. The location is within moments of the King Street Metro, City Hall, I-395/ I-495 and all of the Old Town riverfront.

Call the number in the photo if you’re interested in this commercial retail space opportunity.

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Pendleton Woolen Mills, where you can shop classic and contemporary fashions for men and women, distinctive home furnishings and world-famous wool blankets is closing their Old Town Alexandria, Virginia location. There’s a store closing sale going on NOW where you can get 50%-70% off items.

There has been no word about this on their Facebook page. We have asked the store for comment and will update when and if received. Pendleton Woolen Mills has been family owned and operated for 150+ years.

For other Pendleton Woolen Mills locations, visit this link.

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Macy's generic

Macy’s Inc. revealed restructuring plans Wednesday that will close over 60 stores in 2017 as the struggling giant retail department store looks to cut additional costs.

Of the 68, three closed mid-year, 63 will be closed in early spring 2017 and two will be closed in mid-2017. Three other locations were sold, or are to be sold, and are being leased back. (A list of planned store closings, as well as store openings, is listed at this link.) The company intends to opportunistically close approximately 30 additional stores over the next few years as leases or operating covenants expire or sale transactions are completed.

As a result of closing 63 Macy’s stores in early 2017, along with the three closed mid-year 2016, the company’s 2017 sales are expected to be negatively impacted by approximately $575 million. This reflects the company’s ability to retain sales at nearby stores and on through targeted marketing and merchandising efforts.

The Landmark Mall store, which we have pondered about before, is on the list to close by year-end.   (more…)

Whim Pop at 1309 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

One of the newest businesses in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, Whim Pop, has closed its only brick and mortar location on King Street. Whim Pop, which sells a variety of frozen popsicles, will continue selling its delicious popsicle goodness at area farmers’ markets. The list of farmers’ markets locations can be found online.

Whim Pop had been open on King Street just over one (1) year. Owner Maria Romano first began selling her popsicles in 2012 as a vendor at a farmers’ market in Oakton, Virginia.

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

Michaels Opening 25,000 sq foot store September 2016 in Alexandria, Virginia

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

We have confirmed from sources that the store will be opening for business on Sunday, September 4, 2016 during Labor Day weekend. A grand opening is planned for later in the month, likely 1-2 weeks after the initial soft opening.

As mentioned previously, the Alexandria Michaels store will be 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.

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

ALDI Food Market opens July 21 in Alexandria, Virginia at 425 E. Monroe Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, virginia

ALDI Opens Newest Alexandria Store July 21

Grocer Celebrates with Golden Ticket Giveaway and Produce for a Year Sweepstakes

This is an update to this post. Beginning Thursday, July 21, ALDI Food Market will offer Alexandria, Virginia residents a fresh experience as it opens its newest store, located at 425 E. Monroe Ave. in Alexandria. This will be Alexandria’s newest location, allowing more shoppers to discover the store’s premium ALDI exclusive brands and high-quality products at incredibly low prices.

To celebrate the opening of the new Alexandria store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 21. The public is invited to attend. Following the ceremony, the first 100 shoppers will receive a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift certificates of various amounts. Customers can also tour the store, sample ALDI exclusive brand products and enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce. ALDI currently carries a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including several organic produce items.

“ALDI is answering the rising demand for our high-quality products as growing numbers of customers in Alexandria are discovering that they can save time and money at ALDI without sacrificing quality,” said Jeff Baehr Frederick division vice president for ALDI. “Our high-value, high-quality model drives interest as does private label popularity and strong loyalty among our customer base, creating great word-of-mouth interest. Smart shoppers know they can save time and money at ALDI without sacrificing quality.”  (more…)

Spec New York in Old Town Alexandria, virginia at 217 King Street

Specs New York Expanding in the Washington DC Area

I got a chance to stop by the NEW Specs New York location in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 217 King Street last night. Specs New York has five (5) locations in the New York area and is expanding in the Washington, D.C. area now. The new sunglass shop replaces Andrea’s Boutique.

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!). They have a bigger selection than most sunglass stores and what separates them from others is they carry independent brands as well.

A couple of shots of the new store…

Spec New York in Old Town Alexandria, virginia at 217 King Street

Spec New York in Old Town Alexandria, virginia at 217 King Street

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