The old adage “out with the old, in with the new” makes sense in the fashion world, but our sister site Shoppist‘s glut of news about store closings and openings makes us realize it’s just as true in retail real estate.
New: Joan Shepp
Longstanding boutique Joan Shepp opted for a pop-up store after her departure from her original Walnut Street location — and it seems the change may have done some good. Her newfound home is just a few blocks away at 1811 Chestnut Street. Once a mattress store, the simple exterior conceals an inner space with some potential, including a supposedly great staircase.
Old: Three Sirens Boutique
It's had a good eight-year run, but the independent boutique Three Sirens at 134 N. Third Street closes in four days, much to the dismay of owner Emma Carpenter, who says shoppers simply won't come to Old City. The mixed-use building -- which has a tri-level owners' unit above the store -- sold last August for around $650,000.
Old and New: Ligne Roset / Erdon
Another denizen of North Third Street that got the axe was design furniture store Ligne Roset. The space includes a gallery, office, and storage area, which may account for its appeal to a different retailer that's moving in: Marlton's Erdon will open up its second shop there.
We've already mentioned that Uniqlo is coming to Center City this spring, more specifically 1608 Chestnut, but now the Main Line can also rejoice . The King of Prussia Mall will get its own Uniqlo store, and given its fresh merchandise, we can't wait to see the interior layout and design of both locations. Though you have to admit, the 40,000-square-foot Chestnut Street branch is sure to be the most interesting!