Garden Ridge opens at Chesterfield Towne Center

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - From small local shops to large retail stores, experts say more money could be made this holiday season compared to last.  A grand store re-opening today at Chesterfield Towne Center should help fuel mall sales.

Retail experts say with the economy turning around they are starting to see large retailers reopen stores and some businesses expand to new locations.

Just in time for the holiday season, Garden Ridge has re-opened in the Richmond area.  It's a new anchor store at the mall.

Property manager, Ashley York says, "what's special about Garden Ridge is that it adds a destination dynamic to Chesterfield Towne Center, so it will bring people from within our community, but also up to 60 miles away to shop here."

The Retail Merchants Association say's this re-opening is evidence of several trends in our area as sales look promising.

George Peyton with RMA says, "the 2.3 percent or so growth we are hearing nationally for the holiday season is not huge, but it's growth, so are looking for a good holiday season that I think the retailers are saying you know lets position ourselves to take advantage of and make ourselves available very conveniently to the consumer."

Also, expect to see more retailers, small and large, expanding locations: either on a permanent or temporary holiday basis.

Retail experts say the deadline to get a store open whether it be on a temporary or permanent basis is Black Friday, so expect to see lots more grand openings within the next month.

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