Saturday, January 09, 2016
Beyda's Lad and Lassie to close in Bethesda
The store even had a visit from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot last August, as he promoted the benefits of Maryland Tax-Free Week.
Lad & Lassie says it will close sometime in the next few weeks, and a closing sale is underway that includes everything in the store.
I have many memories of going to the store during my elementary school years for uniforms, clip-on ties, and much more. To give you an idea of how high-quality the merchandise was, I bought a wallet there in the 1980s that I still use today. Obviously, much time has passed since I've had to shop there, but it's sad to see the quality and convenience of Lad & Lassie depart for future generations.
Every retailer in the Westwood Shopping Center is concerned about what the future holds for this set of small businesses, which have become part of the fabric of the community in the last 30-40 years. The Westbard Sector Plan headed to the Montgomery County Council for approval contains no solid provisions to protect these mom-and-pop independent shops from getting the boot when the center is redeveloped in as little as two-to-three years from now.