Tuesday, December 22, 2020

[SPECIAL] Several Stores Shuttering Suburban Sites

Abercrombie & Fitch plans to close its Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister stores at North Point Mall in Alpharetta as well as its Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister stores at the Mall of Georgia in Buford. An abercrombie kids store at the Mall of Georgia will remain open.  Sources close to the retailer indicate that the company would like to reopen at least some of the banners elsewhere in Alpharetta, while in Buford the retailer is reportedly interested in smaller space(s) within the mall.  

None of the stores are having special "closing sales," and all of the affected stores will close for good as of January 9, according to employees.  Abercrombie previously closed outposts of its full-line adult banner at Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, Cumberland Mall near Smyrna, The Avenue East Cobb in Marietta, and "moved" from Phipps Plaza to Lenox Square in Buckhead.  The retailer also shuttered local outposts of its kids banner at Gwinnett Place Mall and Town Center at Cobb, among others.  A kids store rumored years ago to be coming to Lenox Square never materialized.  Abercrombie & Fitch continues to operate local stores at Lenox Square and Perimeter Mall, among others.  

American Eagle Outfitters is also reducing its store count locally with plans to shutter its stores at The Mall at Stonecest in Lithonia and Southlake Mall in Morrow.  There are reportedly no plans to reopen or relocate either store.  Additionally, like Abercromie, neither store is having any special "closing sales" and is instead simply participating in current company-wide sales and promotions.  The Southlake store is due to close December 27, the Stonecrest store "in January," according to employees at the stores.   American Eagle, also like Abercrombie, previously closed its outpost at Gwinnett Place Mall.  The retailer also shuttered its store at Atlantic Station in Midtown.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported November 10 that American Eagle is expanding its "flagship" store at Lenox Square in Buckhead where it will add its popular Aerie line and will swell to about 10,000 square feet.  In addition to the store at Lenox Square, American Eagle operates other local outposts at Perimeter Mall, North Point Mall, Cumberland Mall, The Avenue West Cobb and Mall of Georgia, among others.    

GAP is actively closing its store at Atlantic Station and IS having a closing sale.  All in-stock merchandise is currently 40-60% off with the sale expected to continue until all merchandise has been sold, according to store employees.  Clothing retailer Lindbergh will later next summer open a new store in place of GAP at Atlantic Station.  The new Lindbergh store will be a relocation of sorts for the brand which previously operated a Buckhead storefront at Buckhead Village District.  GAP previously closed stores in Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, Northlake Mall in Tucker, North DeKalb Mall near Decatur, Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, North Point Mall in Alpharetta, The Shoppes at Webb Gin in Snellville, Underground Atlanta Downtown, Cumberland Mall near Smyrna, and Town Center at Cobb, among others.  

Selene, which is liquidating merchandise from former Buckhead boutique Luna, is also having a special sale.  All merchandise is 75% off with an additional 10% discount given to ToNeTo Atlanta readers who mention this site when checking out.  The store is located a few doors down from Jamison Shaw Hairdressers in the Piedmont Peachtree Shopping Center, aka the Disco Kroger center.  

Are you surprised to see Abercrombie & Fitch closing so many stores in metro Atlanta?  What would you like to see open in place of the stores that are closing?  What is your favorite chain retail store?

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Anonymous said...

I am so sad for North Point. That was such a good mall. I still like shopping at malls and shopping centers. I hope some stores survive.

Anonymous said...

Gap in Alpharetta is at Avalon, not North Point Mall.

Anonymous said...

The GAP store at Phipps closed years ago... the north point GAP relocated to the Avalon. You make it seem like they are shuttering all these stores suddenly... why do you choose to be so negative....

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