A recent WalletHub analysis determined that our nation’s capital has the fifth best economy in the entire country. According to their study, DC’s recent and future growth can be attributed to “economic activity, economic health and innovation potential.” This ongoing boom can also be seen in the city’s new developments and frequent grand openings. If you’re looking to take advantage of these happenings, look no further.
UNIQLO in Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
UNIQLO is a Japanese clothing brand known for its clean, colorful basics. Earlier this month, this international retailer opened its second location in the DC area. Conveniently located next to the Amtrack ticketing station, UNIQLO Union Station embraces its role as a last-minute stop for forgetful travelers. As such, their selection includes a variety of “grab and go” items like underwear and travel accessories. Shoppers can also browse a selection of sweaters, jeans, outerwear, and more.
2. ELOQUII in Arlington
1100 S Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202
For a carefully curated selection of plus-size fashion, visit ELOQUII’s new location in Fashion Centre Pentagon City. While many size-inclusive brands create larger versions of their everyday pieces, ELOQUII specifically designs clothing for women who wear sizes 14 to 28. This plus-size retailer has an avid online following, but the Arlington storefront marks their first foray into brick-and-mortar retail. The shop itself includes pieces from ELOQUII’s last four collections, LED screens with live Instagram streams, and tablets with additional online merchandise.
3. Lidl in Manassas
11782 Sudley Manor Dr, Manassas, VA 20109
Lidl is the perfect grocery for people who hate grocery shopping. Unlike American supermarkets, this German grocer focuses on speed, efficiency, and curation. With only six aisles and a limited selection of brands, Lidl makes it easy to get in, get what you need, and get out. Lidl also strives to ensure that its products are both sustainably sourced and low-cost. This location is the first of five grocery stores planned for Prince William County, Warrenton, and Loudoun.
4. Pike & Rose in North Bethesda
11580 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Whoever said that traditional shopping malls are dying forgot to tell Pike & Rose. This fall, this North Bethesda mall will welcome two new retailers to its ranks. Last month, Swedish outfitter, H&M opened a massive, new storefront with more than 24,000 square feet of retail bliss. In November, L.L. Bean, a popular outdoor clothing brand, will also open its first location in the state of Maryland. Both of these retailers are joining other big brands like Gap, Lucky Brand, and REI.
5. Warby Parker in Bethesda
4821 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Warby Parker got its start as an e-commerce brand, but things are starting to change. Back in May, Warby Parker opened its fourth brick-and-mortar store in the greater DC area. This trendy eyeglass retailer focuses on offering attractive glasses at a low costs. They also strive to create a convenient and aesthetically pleasing customer experience. This particular location was designed to resemble a deluxe library featuring leather armchairs, tables with marble countertops, and wooden shelves. Like Warby Parker’s other physical locations, the shop in Bethesda will also feature its own unique style of sunglasses.