Pottery Barn Set to Close in Reston Town Center in January

by Catherine Douglas Moran December 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm 37 Comments

(Updated at 10:58 p.m. on Dec. 9) The Pottery Barn in Reston Town Center will shut its doors in January, along with the Williams-Sonoma down the block.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. operates both brands.

A store employee told Reston Now that the store will stay open until its closing date — sometime around Jan. 21.

Pottery Barn (11937 Market Street) started a final sale with 30 percent off items throughout the entire store on Monday (Dec. 3), the employee said.

The Williams-Sonoma at 11897 Market Street is also planning to shut its doors in January.

“We plan on closing in early January, but do not have a specific date to share at this time,” a spokeswoman for the company wrote in an email.

This story has been updated 

  • Restonite

    A reporter should ask about the reasons behind the closing… please elaborate.

    • EliteinReston

      Their revenues are not meeting expectations.

  • Wake up call?

    These are the types of closures that really ought to get Boston Properties’ attention.

  • Bert in Reston

    Who is Reston’s biggest enemy? Boston Properties or Cathy Hudgins? …I’m thinking…I’m thinking…

    • Why do you bother?

      I believe that the answer is….

  • tom mccauley

    my guess is paid parking and Amazon edging in on specialty markets.

    Since paid parking started, and even with the free, no charge hours, my family and I have stopped going to the Town Center. Nayla closing hurt us because we frequented it and other restaurants. No more.

    With the recent BoS approving all the Reston development projects, and the goodies or proffers offered as play nice politics, one would hope local government would at least dialogue and pressure Boston Properties to play nice nice with tenants. Small business takes it in the teeth.

    • Why do you bother?

      Attempts have been made to ‘reason’ with BP. The company’s only interest is in its bottom line. The only way to make BP end the paid parking charade is for it to lose tenants. This closure is one of many. We need to maintain the boycott 24/7 – it’s working.

  • Really?

    A reporter doesn’t know the difference between its and it’s? Holy moly.

    “… the store will stay open until it’s closing date” means “it is” closing date.

    And stores will keep closing, thanks to Boston Properties.

    • TRS

      Uh, technically it’s its … ‘the store will stay open until its closing date …’ The way you’ve phrased it, you’re both correct with you simply adding it is to his contraction it’s — e.g., the store will stay open until it’s/it is closing date.” The correct usage is its.

  • Referee75

    15 people are losing their jobs with this closing. Boston Properties has another notch on its pistol. Make that two. Money is on another retail operation with an unrecognizable name and product, like everything on the north side of the street. Is VS next?

  • Big Drop

    Even if BXP eliminates paid parking it will take years for people to want to go there again. The memory of the App, of the hassle and the lost time takes a long Tim to replace.

    • meh

      There in lies the problem. Irreparable harm was done with the initial implementation of paid parking. Whether or not changes were made, the consumer did not want to give it a second look.

      Every business that I went to RTC for I’ve found an alternative within a close enough radius that it’s fine.

  • Don Taylor

    My wife also stopped going to Reston due to paid parking. I sort of liked going to see the “public square” in action. But no more for me. I brought my FPV anamatronic robot (aka @mr.robohead) to the fountian area once. The Reston security guys were rude and swift. They said Boston Property expressly forbids mobile robots. They made me sooo nervous. And then they kicked me and my very amusing and educational robot out of the square area. Too bad for them. No wife and no me. And we both spent $$ there. So off to Mosaic District where life and shopping are good.

    • Tom H

      Don, Boston Properties knows that your robot is a menace to society. #terminator

      • Don Taylor

        hahah. Exactly.


        If you look closely, you can see that two of the clips are actually from Reston Town Center. I made these at night before the rent-a-cops dropped the hammer on mr.robohead.

        • Edward Calvert

          Seriously? That’s really dumb. Getting kicked out that is

    • Mike M

      I don’t understand this at all. Makes no sense. What is going on over there?

  • surfish

    BP/RTC another Trump enterprise?

    • Chris Massey

      Congratulations for the most absurd post I’ve seen in weeks. TDS is real.

      • Mike M

        And it hurts!

  • L

    These stores do not reflect the retail needs of reston consumers and their closing is not a reflection on paid parking. Rtc needs to reflect the current consumer needs of the population. Not really sure if someone looking to spend $1000.00 in pottery barn cares about $5.00 for parking.

    • Ted Steven Phillips

      I disagree. We used to go to RTC frequently at lunch, after work, for dinner, for casual shopping trips. We *never* go anymore even though we know we can get the items we need there. It is simply too much of a hassle…

      • TRS

        So, you’re saying you have better options than when RTC was the only game in town?

    • Mike M

      You sound as daft as BP! First of all, not nearly every customer at the Pottery Barn spends $1000. Secondly, paid parking does not “reflect the retail needs” of anyone.

    • Chkitout1

      You obviously are not a business person and have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Bpsucks

      Is this Gary with a new handle?

  • MTF

    What is C. Hudgins position on these closings?

    Have not heard anything.

    • Chris Massey

      It’s not anyone’s job in government to opine on private sector corporate decisions.

      • Alex


    • Why do you bother?

      Position? What position? RTC is private property.

  • Jasper IN

    Reston has also announced that they are putting on hold the construction of a sculpture in the town center too. It seems they want to know the fate of the town center before investing more into it.

  • Steve S. – Reston, VA

    And just when you think that things can’t get more ridiculous, they do. Just don’t try taking a photo with a “professional” type of camera. I was taking a photo of the holiday decorations last night with my Canon DSLR and a security guard told me I couldn’t take photos with that type of camera. Said I need a permit, and handed me a card mentioning a “Code of Conduct.” He said taking photos with a cell phone or a point and shoot were OK. Grrrrr.

    • Jeff

      We tried to take a family picture in front of the big Christmas tree last year and a swarm of security guards descended on us. It was awful. Wife crying. Never been back since then.

    • Mike M

      LOL! Unreal! I had never heard stories like this until yours and Jeff’s! V

    • TommyR

      If the ridiculous rules were not displayed upon entering the property (parking garage or other entrance ) its legally not enforceable and I would tell them to Eat my shorts.

    • Dale Levin

      That has got to be one of the stupidest rules I’ve heard of recently.

  • Tom

    Reston has always been A make-believe town-since they instituted paid parking I’m going to now make believe it doesn’t exist and never go there again


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