Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Latest City Place Propaganda

This may have been around for awhile, but it's the first time I've seen it.


I really hope their plan succeeds.



30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Venture down 14th - Columbia Heights - and I think that's what we're in for. Not bad, I guess, but not great. The wifey and I will cont to shop at Mont Mall and Tysons. Wheaton? Only if we're too lazy to venture further out. I used to berate ppl who posted this kind of ish, but I am getting tired of the lack of higher-end shops in DTSS and am succombing to a bleak future.

JS said...

I effing love Great Grille. They make the best grilled food. Aren't you going to burn out on posts, though? Ease back in, I say.

Anonymous said...

Will see it when I believe it. Retail doesn't survive in DTSS.

Sligo said...

FWIW, to my knowledge no retail location in or immediately around DTSS has failed, unless it was a result of the parent company going under (Bombay Co., Borders, Storehouse Furniture, etc.).

Pier 1 apparently went away because a better tenant was found by the landlord. I'm not sure the store was doing particularly poorly.

The lone exception may have been Marimekko, but that was a bit of a stretch to begin with.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Pier One was kicked out because Peterson Co. preferred City Sports. It apparently was a very profitable location. The City Place renderings keep looking better and better. The landlord certainly seems to be serious about investing in a remodel if the can get a few fish to bite. Good lord I hope they succeed sooner rather than later.

Anonymous said...

where do you keep finding these things sligo?

Anonymous said...

In other news, which I hope is still accurate as far as the projected opening:

The Society Lounge*UPDATED* - Silver Spring can look forward to a new restaurant this winter with the additon of The Society Lounge. The Society Lounge will be an urban-chic restaurant offering lunch, dinner and a full late night lounge experience. Occupying the space that once housed Nicaro, the cuisine will combine classic American fare with subtle Caribbean flavors. The Society Lounge will offer a unique flair to some classic favorites. Plans to serve a Sunday brunch with morning favorites like crab cake benedicts, omelets and stuffed waffles is in the works. Owner Jason O. Miskiri (a former NBA player and Montgomery Blair grad) is also co-owner of the Caribbean spot, Island Flavors Restaurant in Laurel, Maryland. (8229 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland). Listen to Jason Miskiri chat with Nycci & David on Foodie&The Beast here.

PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Late-January

Rebecca said...

What a joke. Can we just tear the POS down already?

Mike said...

I believe Marrimekko filed for bankruptcy and closed thier U.S. locations (not that they had many).

Mike said...

I believe Marimekko filed for bankruptcy and closed their U.S. locations (not that they had many).

Anonymous said...

This place will do just fine. They need more people in DTSS to keep this retail cooking and that's exactly what's happening. Also architecturally, they've done just what they needed to, turn the mall inside out. Sure, it will always be a mall, but with giant street level windows, it dosen't look like a bunker and will add life and security to the surrounding area. Just be patient!

Sligo said...

Re: Marrimekko

No, they didn't have financial troubles, the Silver Spring store just didn't work. They still have some concept stores around the country.

I really tried to find something there to buy but failed. I had the intention of buying some fabric, but it was over $50/yard.

Anonymous said...

The new projected design and different "name" of the present City Place Mall looks very interesting. It looks like they also plan to add a couple of those huge LED "JUMBOTRON" SCREEN DISPLAYS out front which will be an extra "attraction" for "all" shoppers. Downtown Silver Spring is doing just fine now compared to the dismal activity and "look" we had in the past. Let's just keep growing. One well "thought out" and in some cases, artistic "tweak" at a time.

Anonymous said...

I hope that joint in City Place where I get cheap massages hangs on!

Justafed said...

It is apparently still a tough retail environment out there, and not just in DTSS. A couple weeks ago, I found out that the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown was closing, as was the Pottery Barn in Friendship Heights. Think what you will of those chains and those places, but the demographics should have been overwhelmingly good in those places.

Disgruntled Shopper said...

It's too bad that they can't go a bit more upscale so I wouldn't have to go to Tyson's or Columbia Mall to do some decent shopping. Even Bloomie's in White Flint is closing. That's telling about the *true* state of the economy around these parts.

Isayaah Parker said...

Yea White Flint isn't doing well at all. Although there is another Bloomies not far from it in Friendship Heights, the mall has lost Borders and Bloomies. There seems to be a lot of vacancies within the mall as well. If White Flint is failing, I'm not sure we even need a City Place renewel effort. It needs to serve a non-retail purpose. "Jumbo-trons" are never enough to get people interested in shopping some where.

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown was leaving because of a rent rate dispute, not because of financial troubles (though I would imagine B&N only has a few more years before the Borders syndrome comes calling).

Anonymous said...

The difference between City Place and White Flint is that the area around City place (due to the presence of 355/Rockville Pike near White Flint) is much more walkable. The right combination of stores would work there, if they kept largely to the outside facing areas of the mall. My thought would be that a mixed use facility could be in order. Put non-retail or customer service space in the interior (office space, etc.) and keep the outside to more retail and food places. Continue with the redesign because the 1950s fallout shelter look really hampers DTSS.

Anonymous said...

"It will do fine"

Yeah right. Just like all the nightlie around here too right?

Anonymous said...

I just had an interesting experience in Shitty Place. The temperature has been hovering around 32 degrees today and we have fresh snow and ice on the ground. It's just cold. I am a 40 year old "preppy" gay white man that works for the government. I was walking with my partner and our four year old in Shitty Place to look for a kid's ski jacket from Marshall's when a Shitty Place security guard (Washington's finest) stopped me and told me to remove my hood (hood of my Pantagonia jacket) because they've "had trouble with people wearing hoods in the mall". Really, the mall really has trouble with middle-aged gay men who wear hooded Pantagonia jackets????

I asked him if he was serious and he said yes. I removed my hood compliantly but I argued with him about the logic of these rules. And where are these rules posted anyway?

Last summer, I was reprimanded by Downtown Silver Spring security when I rode my bike about two miles per hour on Fenton Street because bikes are not allowed (even though Downtown Silver Spring security staff were riding their bikes throughout that area AND they even ride a Segway on the sidewalk). Again, where are these rules posted and why isn't this a problem in places like downtown Bethesda?

I have also been reprimanded for allowing my daughter to play on the splash pad with rubber water shoes. Apparently, there's another unwritten rule that they can only run through the slippery surface with bare feet.

I've also seen them yell at parents that photographed their kids playing on the splash pad.

I guess they really do have problems with middle-aged gay men breaking their rules.

Is it me or are they all just nuts?

Isayaah Parker said...

It's not just you, "anonymous" THEY ARE INSANE! That's crazy that they are worried about such trivial issues when men are jacking each other off in the City Place bathroom. As a 20 something, single and already bitter gay black man, I am very intrigued by your relationship. I hope I can be you when I'm your age. Congrats!!! I'd love to meet you and your family!

Anonymous said...

I believe the long-range plan for White Flint is to rip it down and put in upscale town houses and, perhaps, some other retail.

I would LOVE to see Dave & Buster's take over the top floor of City Place...where the theaters were. Similar set up at White Flint...keeps the D&B customers in D&Bs, so it COULD be well-policed, if that is a concern.

Anonymous said...

Give us a G St Fabrics. That would be awesome.

Anonymous said...

Haha, yes, Bethesda also has really burdensome problems like security yelling at people who ride bikes or form lines on sidewalks. Don't worry - we're all dealing with these major first world issues together.

P.S. you would have preferred if Shitty Place discriminated and only asked black men to put their hoods down or something??? Yeah, that sounds like a great idea. Let's only ask the gay men to not show PDA while we're at it.

Anonymous said...

I heard yesterday that Gold's Gym pulled out of City Place in the past few days. Kind of wonder if we're on the way to the mall being closed and left to rot for 15 years.

Anonymous said...

?? Are you talking about the Gold's Gym that closed like two years ago...?

I've edited most of what he said...

I know. Let's see which mall gets closed down first: Shitty Place or G'town Mall.
Shitty Place is anchored by Marshalls while G'town Mall is anchored by a DMV substation.

Patrick Thornton said...

The only way for that mall to work is for it to stop being the mall it is today. The space on 14th street has a few large anchor tenants. That model could work here. Currently, City Place is a really small mall with a lot of small, individual tenants. That simply won't work here. The space itself has to be redone with a focus on a few anchor retailers.

That space used to be for one retailer. How it every got made into so many small shops is beyond me.

Also, the space has to open up all around the building, just like the Ellsworth side of the mall does. DTSS is an urban area. A suburban shopping mall with countless tenants will not be successful here. I'm not sure how all the people who buy this mall don't see this.

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