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Ann Taylor Announces Store Closure in Reston Town Center

by Fatimah Waseem December 20, 2017 at 11:30 am 14 Comments

Ann Taylor has announced plans to close its location in Reston Town Center. In a Dec. 16 email, the company indicated it will close on Dec. 23.

It is unclear why the store is closing as the company’s corporate communications office did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Reston Now.

According to a spokesperson for Boston Properties, the store’s lease will expire on Dec. 31 and the company cannot comment on any tenant leases currently in place. The company will announce the future tenant once more information is available.

Ann Inc. is the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey. It has more than 1,000 stores across the country, Puerto Rico and Canada, according to its website. Ann Taylor began in 1954 and has 242 full-price and 122 outlet stores across North American, including one in Tyson’s Corner Center in McLean (8061 L Tysons Corner Center).

This story may be updated.

  • 40yearsinreston

    paid parking killed it

    • Why do you bother?

      I really hope that’s the reason. Take THAT, greedypigs BP!

    • Fred

      Well no, people not supporting the business did.

  • tattler

    The advent and popularity of online shopping has made the livelihood of some brick and mortar stores tenuous at best. Couple that with the confusing, greedy and unwelcoming paid parking initiative that Boston Properties rolled out and stores like Ann Taylor don’t stand a chance.

  • meh

    I guess no one wanted to pay to park at such an elite shopping experience like the town center. I feel bad for the people that will be losing their jobs of course; however, I feel so happy seeing RTC look foolish

    The parking was a moneygrab plain and simple and now you’re losing another high profile tenant

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  • Kara Gardner Wills

    Permanent tenants have vacated almost that entire block. I suspect BPX will be razing another block for a high rise.

    • Mike M

      Or another paid parking garage?

    • Greg

      That row is set to be demolished and zoom up from three to 17 stories.

      “Boston Properties will move the office part of the development to Block 5, where the current FedEx/Kinkos and Ann Taylor are now located, with additional office space above.

      The plan calls for turning that three-story retail/office building into a 17-story building with 276,788 square feet of office space and 7,800 square feet of ground-floor retail. The building would also have four levels of underground parking.”

      • Kara Gardner Wills

        I had heard that as a rumor, thanks for the validation 🙁

      • mapchick

        Yes, this. I went in to that store today to return something and asked the sales woman since the store was completely empty. She said that Boston Properties wants to use the space for some other purpose than retail. Also it was apparently extremely last minute which makes me feel bad for the employees.

        • reston resident

          It was NOT last minute by Boston Properties. I was aware of this development proposal last summer, told to me by another retail tenant nearby to Ann Taylor. It’s been planned for some time to reconfigure and rebuild that area.

        • Greg

          Maybe last minute for the employees, but the redevelopment’s been reported on Reston Now and elsewhere for more than three years. Redevelopment seems to happen quickly in Reston, but there are many meetings and hurdles to doing so, including those silly yellow sandwich boards placed on the public right of way announcing the meetings. Even when stopped in Reston’s traffic, the signs are illegible.

          In fact, I recall similar discussions at the time Reston Town Center (and the Spectrum) first opened — all the three-story buildings were temporary and would eventually be replaced with towers.

          August 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

          https://www.restonnow.com/2014/08/01/update-reston-town-center-block-4-project-gets-green-light/

  • Adrian Havill

    Ann Taylor is part of the Ascena retail group that totals nearly 5000 stores. Brands include everything from Lane Bryant to Justice to Catherines. The company is in deep financial trouble–three years ago their stock sold for $15 and today its at two bucks. RTC, as much as everyone hates the parking policies, is not the culprit. There was a Lane Bryant at Spectrum up until a year ago that’s also gone. The eight branded chain stores that make up Ascena will soon be dissolved or rebranded. Many are dinosaurs, victims of the Amazon era and the fact that there are too many malls and shopping centers in America.

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