The Nation Membership Plaza’s massive and regionally owned dwelling furnishing retailer, RE: is closing.
The homeowners stated their lease is up however they blamed the continued influence of the pandemic and different components for not renewing it.
“It’s simply time. It’s actually laborious. Visitors isn’t the identical and our constructing is in want of repairs,” stated Chrysy Huff, proprietor together with her husband, Jeff.
In fall 2017, they took a 21,274-square-foot area at 4704 Wyandotte Road that had beforehand been a Restoration Ironmongery store and earlier than that the a lot bigger Plaza Theater.
They plan to start out a liquidation sale on April 8 and shut on April 11.
In an announcement, Plaza officers stated: “We proceed to patiently curate the correct mix of tenants to make sure the continued success and longevity of the Plaza. The appropriate tenant lineup will all the time embody beloved native companies, fashionable nationwide manufacturers and rising retailers that resonate with our loyal clients. Tenants could shut for any variety of causes, however nice new retailers and eating places will come to take their place. With differing lease phrases and different enterprise issues, the sort of change takes time.”
RE:, which had been referred to as Restoration Emporium, was based in 2012, and its sister firm, KC Furnishing Co., opened in 2018, within the West Bottoms. They’re now within the Crossroads, 1717 Washington St.
“We’ve suffered so much over the past two years however it’s not all unhealthy information,” Chrysy Huff stated. “Our manufacturing enterprise is booming. And individuals are coming again to the smaller, unbiased, extra boutique-feeling shops. Our household works right here and I believe that’s comforting to individuals. However we love the Plaza. It was a gut-wrenching choice to make.”
The Plaza additionally lately misplaced a number of different longtime tenants:
▪ Kate Spade New York closed at 321 Nichols Street after greater than a decade.
▪ Michael Kors closed in a primary nook spot at 4747 Broadway.
▪ Sister retailers Victoria’s Secret and Pink closed in a nook spot (with their very own entrances) at 455 Nichols Street. Victoria’s Secret had been in its spot since late 2000.
▪ Brighton Collectibles closed at 213 W. forty seventh St., on a bustling artery of the Plaza. It opened in 2001.
The Plaza presently has about two dozen empty areas. The west aspect of the Plaza additionally has an empty lot ready for Nordstrom to relocate from Overland Park’s Oak Park Mall. It had initially scheduled a 2021 opening however has pushed again the date twice, blaming the pandemic. In late January, Nordstrom stated it nonetheless deliberate a fall 2023 opening.
The Plaza stated it has welcomed new tenants lately, together with Archive, Jill Marie Boutique, LensCrafters, Razzleberry, Sugah Rush Berries and Candy Kiss Brigadeiro.
Extra tenants are coming together with Membership Pilates, Pure Barre, Ice Cream Bae, Lovesac, Psycho Bunny and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition.
This story was initially printed February 8, 2022 1:40 PM.