Lexington fashionistas might squeal when hearing this news: The popular fashion retailer Anthropologie is coming to The Mall at Lexington Green.
"This is every developer's dream," said Doris Benson, president of Langley Properties and a partner in Lexington Green. "We've been working on this for over a year and are really excited."
The company will take the former Disc Jockey space on one end of the shopping center and is expected to attract a number of fashion retailers that have tended to follow it in other developments, Benson said.
She expects four to five fashion stores, including Anthropologie, to be open by early next year.
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With about 170 stores, Anthropologie has carved out a loyal customer base as it boasts of "a one-of-a-kind and compelling shopping experience that makes women feel beautiful, hopeful and connected," according to its Web site. The chain, owned by Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters Inc., sells clothing, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, "found objects," gifts and décor.
A company spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday.
The Anthropologie store closest to Lexington is at Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati. A store has been announced for Oxmoor Center in Louisville.
The announcement comes after a series of upgrades to the shopping center, including installation of two fountains, new irrigation systems linked to the lake in the rear, and sidewalks replaced with brick pavers and colored concrete.
The redevelopment of the center has been in the works for more than two years and is linked to a consultant's study suggesting that it focus on fashion tenants, Benson said.
"By early next year, you're going to see an upscale fashion-oriented center," she said. She also said she expects an uptick in sales at the Whole Foods Market grocery because it tends to work well in other developments with Anthropologie.
"We do have expansion room in the rear of the existing Whole Foods if it becomes necessary to enlarge their store," she said.
Shopping center anchor Joseph-Beth Booksellers also is in the midst of a full makeover that includes concentrating all children's operations on the lower lakeside level.