Pella at the Shops Around Lenox will close at the end of February after 37 years in business.
The women's footwear, handbag and jewelry retailer has experienced sales declines over the past few years and opted not to renew their lease. The boutique is currently offering most current inventory at discounts of at least 50%.
Dallas, Texas based The Impeccable Pig will replace Pella and should open sometime in March. The women's boutique began in Dallas in 2002, and today the chain has eight locations, six in Texas, and one each in Charleston and Charlotte. Though I have not visited the store, T.I.P. seems similar to existing women's boutique retailers already in the center.
Personally, I'm happy to see the center be so quick to find replacements for exiting tenants but geez, how about a little variety?
Currently the center is home to fab'rik, Swank, Bill Hallman, DEKA and Tootsies; all targeting similar female demographics. lululemon and Cosabella also both target females but in more distinct categories workout/athletic gear and lingerie respectively. Lululemon does features men's clothing, but is a largely a women's brand.
Athleta, the "me-too" brand from Gap Inc., is opening in a portion of the current Roche Bobois space, but offers similar clothing and accessories to that of existing tenant lululemon.
Soon, Bevello will join the fold, another women's retailer, very similar to Swank and Fab'rik. The one exciting addition will be Suitsupply, an Amsterdam based men's retailer specializing in quality made, affordable clothing.
Bhojanic, slated to open in about a month, and Seven Lamps, which opened late last year, both make the center more attractive to a more diverse client base, but the addition of so many potentially popular amenities will make the already difficult parking even worse.
What are your thoughts? Will you miss Pella? Have you been booted in Shops Around Lenox or been unable to find a space? Please share your thoughts.