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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Anthropologie joins retail line-up at Mosaic District

The list of retailers at Mosaic District is getting longer as Anthropologie, along with a new slate of regional merchants, has signed
Construction crews work at the site of Mosaic District, a mega-mixed-use development that will open its first phase of stores, offices and residences next month. (Evy Mages - For Capital Business)
on at the Merrifield development.

Anthropologie will set up its clothing and home furnishings in 7,500 square feet of space, opening in October as a part of the first phase of the collection of shops, offices and residences.

The retailer is one of several joining the mix. Local apparel chain South Moon Under has also inked a deal at the district. Freshbikes Cycling, with stores in Arlington and Bethesda, will also be leasing space. Meanwhile, Le Pain Quotidien will add to the existing line up of eateries, such as Taylor Gourmet, Sweetgreen and Matchbox.

“It was really important to us to take the best national retailers and place them with outstanding locals," said Jodie McLean, president of Edens, the developer of Mosaic. “Together, they will make sure this place has great energy morning, noon and night.”

Well over 80 percent of the 350,000 square-foot retail portion of the first phase, one of four, is pre-leased. Target and MOM’s Organic Market, for instance, are scheduled to kick off the retail openings in September.

Neiman Marcus choose the project for the second location of its Last Call Studio in the Washington area.

Angelika Film Center, a New York City outfit that shows art house and mainstream films, will open its first theater in the region at the project. McLean is especially excited about the 27-by-40 foot outdoor screen fixed to one side of the theater for community events.

“The screen will really pull the community together,” Mclean said. “Along with the park, which will be in front of the Angelika, the outdoor theater will be a gathering place to really solidified the entire community.”

McLean joined Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and Virginia State Delegate James Scott (D) today at the project to unveil the Mosaic pylon. She said, in an interview prior to the event, that the project is on schedule and surpassing expectations.

Edens’ residential partner EYA has in the last 30 days signed contracts for 25 of the 112 town homes it is building, according to McLean.

“The great reception of those town homes is a validation of what a special place the overall project is, in that people are saying they don’t just want to visit but want to live here,” McLean said.

AvalonBay is also building 531 apartments above ground-floor retail near the town homes on the west end of the site.

By  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/21/2012

 
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