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Anthropologie Still Coming to Penn Quarter – And Old Town Alexandria

by Prince Of Petworth July 29, 2011 at 11:30 am 9 Comments

Last week a reader asked if Anthropologie was still coming to Penn Quarter. Work is progressing nicely at the soon to be retail space in 950 F St, NW:

A press release yesterday from Douglass Development mentioned that the Penn Quarter store is slated for a September opening. They also announced a new location for Old Town Alexandria:

Douglas Development just announced that upscale retailer Anthropologie has signed a lease for 10,500 square feet in the newly-acquired Douglas Development property at 610-612 King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. Anthropologie will move into the former Hallmark store by the end of this year.

The popular clothing and home-furnishings store is no stranger to Douglas Development. This signing marks the second deal between the two in less than a year. In October 2010, Jemal leased 10,662 square feet to the retailer at its 950 F Street, NW property in Downtown DC, which is slated to open this September.

  • gonzo

    Just a door or two down from 930 F St…how things change. Suburban Outfitters next to hollowed DC rock ground.

  • Belmont Street

    The old Hallmark store in Old Town is at 610 King Street, not 910.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t seem like it would really appeal to the Old Town demographic, unless thing have changed significantly since I lived there.

    • Not sure when you lived there, but I think it would definitely appeal to the Old Town demographic. Old Town is full of boutiques – trendy and those skewing toward an older demographic – these days; I think Anthropologie would fit right in. (especially the home furnishings, but the clothes too… ) Plus this location is on (or near) the same block as Restoration Hardware and Banana Republic, a block away from Ann Taylor and (in the opposite direction) Loft – frankly, I’m surprised there isn’t one there already.

      • Anonymous

        2005-2006, and it was full of old conservative people. They could afford Anthropologie clothes, certainly, but I can’t picture any of them wearing them.

        On the other hand, I think it’s perfect for Penn Quarter and would also do well in my neighborhood (SE Capitol Hill)!

        • I’m all for a Cap Hill store – wish it would come to the old Blockbuster, but instead we’re getting a Jos A Banks! (I’m on the Hill as well.)

          There are still a lot of old conservative folks in Old Town, but I feel like it’s getting a little younger (but still wealthy, b/c it is NOT cheap to live over there). I have more and more friends moving over there, and I actually shop there quite a bit (when I can afford to) at places like Hysteria, Shoe Hive, Treat and others, which cater to a less conservative demo, but are still pricey. I actually wish the Hill could find the same mix of retail (indie and chain) and restaurant/bar that Old Town has.

          Actually (and this just occurred to me), when I think about it – I do wonder how they’ll do in Penn Quarter since a lot of the retail in that area is cheapo places like Forever 21, H & M and American Apparel.

          • Anonymous

            It would be my dream and my downfall were the Anthro to take over the Blockbuster nee Erol’s space!

    • H

      I live in Old Town, this location is going to be perfect. I’m neither old, nor conservative. There are a lot of young families like us that rent places in/near Old Town and Del Ray.

  • Anthro’s target demographic is the hip suburban mom and there are lots of them in and near Old Town, Del Rey etc. Plus, Anthro has lots of unusual home furnishings and accessories everyone (well, almost everyone) loves to oogle. Should be a big success in Alexandria.
    Anthro in Penn Q is a no-brainer. Looking forward to it!


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