Westfield Annapolis Mall hails 21 new shops

21 shops coming to Westfield

June 29, 2007|By Sharahn D. Boykin | Sharahn D. Boykin,Sun Reporter

Attention shoppers: Pottery Barn, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant and Lucky Brand Jeans are coming to Westfield Annapolis Mall.

Mall officials announced yesterday that 21 national retailers -- 10 of which are new to Anne Arundel County -- would soon call Westfield home and gave community leaders and entrepreneurs a hard-hat tour of the expansion site, which is scheduled to be complete in November.

New stores range from a variety of popular clothing retailers, such as Levi's and H&M, to specialty stores and boutiques.

Anne Arundel's first Pottery Barn, which will encompass 20,000 square feet, will serve as a mini-anchor for the $100 million expansion.

"It really is a terrific center that captures the market here," said Robert Hannon, president and chief executive of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. "This is high on the list of choices for outside visitors."

Under Armour, which is based in Baltimore, will also make its Anne Arundel County debut as part of the expansion.

Even though retailers have expressed interest in coming to the area, shoppers also played a role in attracting new stores to Westfield.

"We like to listen to our shoppers," said Carol Fearns, general manager of Westfield Annapolis. "They provide feedback on the types of stores they'd like to see."

Westfield Annapolis is adding 240,000 square feet and more than 60 new retailers to the current total of 175 specialty stores and five major department stores.

Upon completion, Westfield Annapolis will stand at 1.5 million square feet, catapulting the shopping outlet into the mega-mall stratosphere and surpassing Arundel Mills mall.

Mall officials also plan to add 1,076 parking spaces, and the new mall entrance will be at the intersection of Bestgate Road and Commerce Park Drive near the Pottery Barn.

When the expansion is complete, there will be a three-story parking garage near Macy's, another near Pottery Barn and parking decks above all new retail establishments. Valet parking will also be available.

"It's easy to get in, and we're going to entice you with so much cool retail you won't want to leave," Fearns said.

Mall officials said neighboring shopping malls, like Festival at Riva and the Annapolis Harbour Center as well as the future Annapolis Towne Center at Parole, are not necessarily competition, but more like a shopping network.

"What you have is another opportunity to create more choices for consumers," said Bob Burdon, president and CEO of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.

The project is estimated to bring 3,500 jobs and generate more than $500 million in annual sales.

Chamber of Commerce officials estimate that this is the sixth time the mall has been renovated or expanded since opening in 1980. The last renovation in 2001 added a food court and movie theater.

Priscilla Trott, 22, of Annapolis is excited about Pottery Barn coming to Westfield. She loves the store so much that she usually drives to Tysons Corner in Virginia to shop there. Trott said the additions offer a great mix for both younger and older shoppers.

"We've had the old stores for a long time, and we need new ones," Trott said. "We need something fresh."

sharahn.boykin@baltsun.com

New stores

New at Westfield Annapolis Mall:

Pottery Barn

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

Under Armour

ESPRIT

Metropark

Levi's

Lucky Brand Jeans

Sole Mio

Zumiez

Quiksilver

H&M

The Walking Co., Inc.

Solstice

Skechers

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