Ross Dress For Less headed for Crown Center

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Ross Dress for Less is returning to suburban Washington.


Ross Stores Inc., an off-price department store chain, will be opening a Dress for Less in Washington Crown Center, the mall acknowledged in a news release Monday. It is expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year.


This new addition to the North Franklin Township mall will have 25,000 square feet and be between the big-box retailer Marshalls, which opened Oct. 10, and Gander Mountain.


This will be the second time Ross Dress for Less has located to this area. It opened April 15, 2007, in the Foundry, the ill-fated retail complex off Route 19 in South Strabane Township. Subsidence issues, however, caused structural damage to that and two of the three other businesses that began operations, and Ross left the area by mid-2008.


On its website, www.rossstores.com, the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company describes itself as “the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,112 locations in 33 states.”


It has six other stores in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but only one within 25 miles of Washington – in the Settlers Ridge complex in Robinson Township.


Joy Weidel, group marketing director for Crown Center, said in the release: “The addition of Ross Dress for Less … signals a demand for more national fashion brands to come to the Washington area. We were happy to deliver this to our customers with the recent opening of Marshalls and now we look forward to bringing more affordable designer names to our shoppers when Ross Dress for Less opens later this year.”


More retail may be en route. Michael Joyce, general manager of Crown Center, said Monday, “We are anticipating a possibility of getting some new tenants.”


Philadelphia-based Preit owns, manages and leases Washington Crown Center.


Dress for Less left the Foundry nearly six years ago along with Bed Bath & Beyond and J.C. Penney. The latter, however, returned to its previous home, Washington Mall, where it will close in early May.


Max & Erma’s restaurant, the other Foundry original, was undamaged and has continued to operate in the complex, which was revived and renamed in 2013 as the Old Mill project. It is under construction and leases are being negotiated.


Olive Garden restaurant opened next door in December 2012, and the two dining spots will be joined this year by Hobby Lobby, a large arts and crafts chain that has signed a lease.


The Staenberg Group, a St. Louis-based shopping center developer overseeing this project, says on its website www.tsgproperties.com that a Field & Stream outdoors store is coming in. A lease has not been signed.


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