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Anthropologie To Open Thursday on Bethesda Row

Location will also include cafe in three-level store

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Anthropologie and Co., an upscale clothing store with nine locations in the United States, is slated to open its doors for business Thursday morning.

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Nearly a year after the building on the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues in downtown Bethesda became vacant with the ousting of Barnes & Noble, a new store is set to open this week.

Anthropologie and Co., an upscale clothing store with nine locations in the United States, is slated to open its doors for business Thursday morning in the 37,500-square-foot space vacated by the bookseller. Anthropologie is operated by Urban Outfitters, Inc. and has more than 200 locations around the world, including one on Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase.

“The new location at Bethesda Row is an opportunity to strengthen its relationship within the community and offer a more immersive experience for our customer,” a company spokesperson said this week.

Barnes & Noble occupied the three-level building on Bethesda Row for 21 years and closed in January when the company failed to negotiate a lease agreement with the landlord, Federal Realty Investment Trust.

The soon-to-be-open Anthropologie likely won’t have shelves of books like its predecessor but will feature an expanded selection of Anthropologie clothing and apparel along with a home design center, wedding attire, garden supplies, wellness items and a cafe.

With a model unique to the Bethesda location, Anthropologie is designed to be one-of-a-kind, its style inspired by “modern Scandinavian aesthetic,” to invoke a “bright and airy” feeling, according to the company.

Additionally, the 24,000 square feet of selling space is about three times the size of an average Anthropologie store, according to a company spokesperson. More than 100 staffers will be employed by the new business.

In the weeks leading up to its opening, passersby have stopped to admire the store, amping up the anticipation for Thursday’s opening, Store Brand Leader Jessica Glaspey said.

“It’s been fun seeing people pause in front of the store to peer in the windows,” she said. “We feel lucky to be the ones to give them their first experience of the beautiful new space. They’ll be in awe of its assortment, unique design and artful touches.”

One of the store’s key features will be the Terrain Cafe, a full-service restaurant that will operate inside of Anthropologie. The cafe, led by Head Chef Kevin Ettenson, will open on Friday and is the first location in the Washington, D.C., area. It will use local produce, meat and dairy for its farm-to-table menu that changes seasonally.

The cafe will have both indoor and outdoor seating and occupy 2,434 square feet of interior space.
Menu items across other Terrain Cafe locations are largely the same. The company’s flagship restaurant in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, offers house-made charcuterie boards and cheeses from local farms and roasted eggplant and smoked salmon for appetizers. Other menu items include organic omelets, mushroom soup and kale Caesar salad, as well as entrees including steak frites.

Dessert options include Chocolate Terrarium or Blackberry-Elderflower Tart, lattes and espressos, and a large variety of house-made teas and homemade sodas created with syrups, herbs, or juice and sparkling water.

“The team couldn’t be more excited to open our doors to the Bethesda Row community,” District Brand Leader Kristen Wagner said. “This is one of our largest and most special stores and we have so much for them to explore.”

Anthropologie will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Terrain Cafe will operate barista hours daily from 10 a.m. to close and brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with serving to end at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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