Hearing 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.
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