So it will, if The Heights Life’s sleuthing proves correct. Doing a bit of due diligence, DCUSA’s buildings operations manager David Stein said he couldn’t comment on whether or not Designer Shoe Warehouse would be coming to the complex—which usually means that the lease is still being negotiated. DSW’s nearest outlets are in Silver Spring and at Pentagon Row, so however you feel about another big chain coming to Columbia Heights, it’s going to end up gaining back tax revenue currently leaking outside the District.
It’ll also make the third shoe store in DCUSA, after Payless and Sports Zone.
Meanwhile, plus-size retailer Lane Bryant appears to be closing its store on the 14th Street frontage, which is in line with the company’s shrinkage nationwide. Almost copying DSW’s footprint, the nearest outlets are in Pentagon City and Wheaton.
Stein didn’t comment on the Lane Bryant closure either*, but did assure Housing Complex that “we are working on some exciting things.”
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m. – Stein later confirmed that Lane Bryant would be closing on March 31, and that he hoped to be able to announce a replacement for that space as well as the currently vacant storefront immediately south of it soon.