Heidi Shaffer and Dave Olson, Published January 13 2012
Trade Talk: Is your favorite coming to West Acres?The announcement Monday that West Acres shopping center will replace Abercrombie & Fitch and PacSun with two new stores got area consumers talking.
What’s coming when Abercrombie and PacSun move out at the end of the month?
A solicitation in The Forum and on inforum.com this week for what shoppers would like to see set up shop drew suggestions for more than 75 different businesses.
Some were maybe a stretch, like one reader’s suggestion that a small-scale mini golf course move into West Acres.
Others were perhaps right on the money. We’ll have to wait and see, as West Acres officials expect to announce the replacements once the deals are signed and sealed, likely in the coming weeks, but Alissa Sorum, West Acres marketing director, did give us a hint.
Here’s the list of the 20 most-wanted stores by Forum readers:
- Ann Taylor LOFT
- Charming Charlie
- Frencesca’s Collections
- Crate & Barrel
- Banana Republic
- The Body Shop
- Trader Joe’s
- Williams & Sonoma
- Pottery Barn
- The Container Store
- Home Goods
- Charlotte Russe
- Urban Outfitters
One of these is correct, and both of the incoming stores were guessed this week on West Acres’ Facebook page, Sorum said.
Even if most of these stores aren’t coming in the immediate future, your favorite could potentially be in the works as other vacancies come.
“Although many of these stores aren’t the right size to fit the two available spaces, a good number of these retailers are on our wish list for the future,” Sorum said.
Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511
and Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555.