Friday, September 16, 2011
The shopping center's GM is not worried about recent big-name vacancies.
Fourth in a series about changes at Suburban Square in Ardmore. * The news over the past couple of months has not been great for Suburban Square, with several high-end shops closing, part of a national downsizing or liquidation trend that’s affecting everything from bookstores to wedding dresses. The Coach store closed in the Spring. Pierre Deux’s French parent company no longer exists and is liquidating. The elite string of Priscilla of Boston bridal shops are closing, including the one on St. James Place, just as you enter the Square’s courtyard, which is undergoing a major re-do. At the other end of the courtyard, Talbots closed its doors last week. But Mark Bachus, the shopping center’s general manager—though frustrated at times—is not…
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
We'll look at the new courtyard taking shape and see what's in store for the center's stores.
Thursday we'll feature an extended interview with Mark Bachus, general manager of Suburban Square in Ardmore, about what's happening with construction at the property, thoughts on replacing Priscilla of Boston, parking issues—and a review what else is leaving, what's coming, and how things are looking overall financially. In the meantime, check out the first two installments of the series, on the Apple Store's temporary closure and Pierre Deux's permanent departure, along with City Sports' big move into the recently vacated, and quite large, Talbots space.
The retailer is bringing a new iPad-oriented fitness "concept" to the space.
Second in a series about changes at Suburban Square in Ardmore. * City Sports, nestled in the midst of Suburban Square’s courtyard in Ardmore, will be taking over the large space vacated just last week by Talbots, the women’s clothier that is closing more than 100 of its stores nationwide. “City Sports has an amazing new concept store and they are going to use that same concept here,” said Mark Bachus, Suburban Square’s general manager. “It’s going to be an upgrade to what they could do here because they were limited with the square footage.” The Talbots space means another 10,000 square feet for City Sports, which will take the keys to the space within the next week. An article last December in the Georgetown Patch, in Washington D.C., …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Apple will re-open Monday, Sept. 19. Pierre Deux is liquidating.
First in a series about changes at Suburban Square in Ardmore. * The Apple Store on St. James Place in Suburban Square is closed for the week, scheduled to re-open Monday (Sept. 19). “They are doing renovations—some work to the entryway,” said Mark Bachus, the shopping center’s general manager. “They are making some changes to the interior, and they had to move a couple of sprinkler heads, so that forces the tenant to actually close down for a period of time until they get the sprinkler back up.” The Apple Store website refers customers to the store in King of Prussia during the week it is shuttered. Bachus affectionately calls the Apple Store “the Beast,” a stalwart, A-list retailer even in a shopping center that is more than …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
But the unique shopping center is in demand, its GM says, and more than 95 percent full.
For a decade or two now, corporations have been as layered as a tiered, ruffled, A-line wedding dress with a chapel-length train and a mantilla-style veil. So despite the economy, it’s no wonder that the demise of a store like Priscilla of Boston is tough to figure—it has an impeccable 65-year pedigree among Beantown bluebloods and was Grace Kelly’s designer of choice for her wedding gown. And since its arrival in late 2009, it has had apparent success on the Main Line at Suburban Square. “Actually it was quite a surprise for us that they were closing all the Priscillas,” said Mark Bachus, Suburban Square’s general manager. “They did quite well here, and they had a really strong brand.” But Priscilla of Boston in 2011, compared to its …