David’s Bridal to Debut Expanded Salon at Easton Gateway
Article originally featured in Columbus Business First | Dan Eaton
Easton Gateway is nearly filled.
The shopping destination has landed David’s Bridal as its latest tenant and with that 10,000-square-foot salon, the offshoot of Easton Town Center will be close to capacity.
“This will put us in the high 90s (for occupancy),” said Beau Arnason, executive vice president of Steiner & Associates, co-developer of Easton alongside Georgetown Co. “I think there’s a small space next to Jos. A. Bank. We’re about done now.”
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based David’s Bridal expects to open in June at 4187 Worth Ave.“This is clearly a destination tenant,” Arnason said. “They have a huge market share in their segment.”
The David's Bridal at Easton Gateway will be a new prototype for the chain.
“It’s a design that fits more with a streetscape,” Arnason said.
Many David’s Bridal stores are in big box strip centers.
“There’s going to be a nice complement of tenants around it,” he said. “Bridal shopping is a group effort, an event, and it’ll be surrounded with a lot of restaurants and places they can hang out an talk.”
In addition to the restaurants, neighboring retailers include Urban Home & Garden, which has a bridal registry, and Charming Charlie’s, which sells accessories.
Other new tenants to Easton Gateway include:
Blue Star Barbershop, a Columbus-based barbershop, will be opening its third site this summer.
Elm & Iron, a Columbus-based home furnishings retailer, will open April 29. '
Hot Chicken Takeover, the Columbus-based spicy chicken restaurant, will be coming this fall.
By the end of 2017 Easton will have opened or remodeled nearly 40 stores and restaurants and refurbished the Easton Station Building over the prior 18 months.
“That sounds almost counter to the industry,” Arnason said, “but there are retailers out there that continue to invest in stores. They’re just being more selective about the markets they choose and the centers they go into. This says a lot about Columbus and Easton that we can accommodate those investments."
Dan Eaton covers retailing and restaurants for Columbus Business First.
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