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New Grand Central Mall stores on hold until spring 2021

VIENNA — The opening date for the four new stores at the Grand Central Mall has been pushed back to spring 2021, according to the mall general manager.

Although this is a set back to the original goal of adding HomeGoods, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less and T.J. Maxx by the end of August, the Grand Central Mall is still actively moving forward on expanding, Jody Hopkins said.

Hopkins said the exterior portions of the buildings will be completed by the end of summer while interior work will begin in the fourth quarter and continue into early 2021.

“The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for many retailers,” said Hopkins.

Hopkins also announced Regal Theater is scheduled to reopen to the public on July 31.

Many retailers across the nation have been affected by COVID-19 in devastating ways, including J.C. Penney.

“We are hopeful that J.C. Penney emerges from bankruptcy protection in a stronger financial position,” said Hopkins. “J.C. Penney has a place at the Grand Central Mall and the brand resonates with shoppers in the area.”

Although 2020 has been hard on many retailers, the area has and will continue to see new stores added to the mall.

In February, the mall added Chef’s Hawaiian BBQ and Hibachi Grill in the food court. Opening in September near Dunham’s is Yahss Claws and Cuts, which employs both nail techs and hair stylists. Some may know Yahss, which is currently located in Williamstown.

Hopkins said Washington Prime LLC, owners of the Grand Central Mall, is actively looking for new business opportunities to bring to the area, especially with the former Ruby Tuesdays building, which also is owned by Washington Prime.

“As with any closing, our leasing team is actively exploring opportunities to bring a new tenant to the space and we will announce any updates as we are able,” said Hopkins.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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