Newark, DE – In a blow to the owner of Christiana Mall, two key retailers have recently closed permanently. These are Williams Sonama as well as Pottery Barn. In particular, Williams Sonoma had been a staple of the mall for some time and was one of the longest-serving occupants of the mall.
Christiana Mall was once one of Delaware’s premier shopping centers and was founded back in 1978. It was constructed on about 100 acres of farmland, strategically located at the intersection of I-95 and Route 7. However, like many US malls, it has recently struggled with the changing retail climate which has posed various challenges to malls throughout the country.
Despite Williams Sonoma pulling out of the mall, it is still a multinational corporation with over 260 stores in the United States and Canada which further indicates that this closure could be based on the location as opposed to the individual tenant struggling. Currently, neither Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn have given statements on their decision to leave Christiana Mall.
Currently, there is no news on what will be replacing the two outlets, or whether they will be replaced at all. At the earliest, new tenants could replace them within a few months which is due to the internal renovations required when changing a storefront. Nonetheless, at this point, nothing has been confirmed.