The Dark Side of White Flint, Part 17:
Welcome to a continuing series about the not-so-wonnerful, wonnerful, wonnerful side of urbanizing the suburbs.
Click here to link back to previous chapters. Today, an update on what only 2 years ago was the crown jewel of White Flint: White Flint Mall:
More prominent tenants of dying White Flint Mall are heading for the exits ahead of the mall's planned demolition.
The latest to close include Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, Capital One bank, and Roxsan Day Spa. Roxsan is moving to 11755 Rockville Pike.
Rainbow Hair Designers are still open, but are planning a move to Federal Plaza further up the Pike.
Mall owner Lerner is reaching a settlement with anchor tenant Lord & Taylor, after the department store sued over contract language that theoretically prohibited demolition of the mall. Apparently, this was more about finances than principles, if Lord & Taylor is giving up that easily.
The Cheesecake Factory will eventually move to its new Bethesda location in Westfield Montgomery Mall, currently under construction.
So the slow march towards the end continues at White Flint Mall, which was only built in 1977, yet now faces demolition.