coachHearing that Coach and White House Black Market have closed in Fig Garden Village was a bit of a shocker. Both are big names for the center. You can read more about why they closed in my Retail Therapy column here.

The column also includes a statement from Fig Garden Village’s owner saying it is “in advanced negotiations with two high-quality retailers to take over these prime spaces.” Just which stores they’re talking about is a mystery. These things are typically kept under wraps until a deal is finalized.

A new owner bought Fig Garden back in June for $106.1 million. New York-based Rouse Properties has 36 malls in 21 states. Sometimes, all those relationships with retailers means a big company like that has a little more leverage to lure big names or something new and different into a center.

So all of this leads to the big question: What would you as a shopper like to see open at Fig Garden Village? There’s also other vacancies: The former Tassels space and the Coldwater Creek space are still empty. With the opening of Lululemon and Active Fresno, the center has brought some stores that attract a different demographic. Any stores along those lines you’d like to see there? Let us know in the comments.

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough has the most fun job at the Bee. She writes about restaurants, shopping and has the low-down on local businesses. In case you're wondering, her last name is pronounced "Cluff."
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11 thoughts on “Fig Garden Village: What stores would you think like to see open?

  • February 5, 2016 at 9:37 am
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    Container Store, Successories

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  • February 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm
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    Restoration Hardware, Il Fornaio (old SAMBA space), Art of Shaving, Cole Haan etc….

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  • February 7, 2016 at 1:10 am
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    That Coach space would be suitable for kate spade new york or Kendra Scott.

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  • February 7, 2016 at 9:59 am
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    Suggested stores for Fig Garden:

    Where old Coldwater Creek located: Crate & Barrel, Pier 1 or Macy’s. I miss having a department store located in Fig. I remember how convenient it was to have Gottschalks located there. Even better, bring back Gottschalks.

    Where Coach and White/Black Market located, I suggest Athleta, Title 9 or Merrell athletic stores.

    Another thought is to add a store offering stylish but comfortable clothing for women ages 50 and up. It should be a mix of casual and career. Coldwater fit this need and is sorely missed. No one store name comes to mind. Everything seems to be aimed towards the younger folks and yet often older women have more money to spend.

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  • February 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm
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    Re: your Sunday February 6 column: Will the other Sprouts remain open?
    Don’t particularly want Coldwater Creek back, their pockets in their pants are too shallow to hold my cell phone.

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    • February 8, 2016 at 10:31 am
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      Sheila, as far as I know, the Sprouts in Fresno will stay open. They’re far enough apart the region can probably support both.

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  • February 7, 2016 at 12:55 pm
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    I mean February 7. Sorry

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  • February 8, 2016 at 11:31 am
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    The above comments confirm what I already knew – Fresnans love chain stores

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  • February 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm
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    Would be awesome if the Foundry Collective in Clovis would open a Fresno location ! Or another House of JuJu.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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    We need a Crate & Barrel and The Container Store!

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